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At Newcastle University, plagiarism is defined as "the use of the work of others without acknowledgement". But what exactly does that mean? Let's find out...


So what is plagiarism? At Newcastle University, it’s defined as "the use of the work of others without acknowledgement". Put simply, it means copying somebody else’s work and passing it off as your own. This includes other people’s ideas, words, designs, images, videos, music, and even things like lecture notes and computer code.

Plagiarism is generally considered cheating – it's unethical and can have serious consequences for your university studies and future career.

  Check out our Understanding plagiarism video to get started..

How to avoid plagiarism

Plagiarism is an important issue and always one that worries students. But don’t panic – just take it seriously, always consider and credit your sources. Make it clear which parts of your writing are based on the work of others and which are your own analysis and evaluation. Make it clear if text is summarised, paraphrased or quoted directly. And always check that your references contain accurate information that others can use to find your sources.

Buying essays online or copying a friend’s work is also considered plagiarism, so don’t do it! As you're probably aware by now, Newcastle University uses plagiarism detection software that can detect this kind of activity.