Thinking about plagiarism

In this section we are going to explore some of the more vexing questions around plagiarism including:

• How might you plagiarize inadvertently?

• Are there any situations in which you do not have to cite your sources?

When you hand in your assignment the tutor will make the assumption that this is your work. This might seem self-evident and you might even be required to sign a form for verification, particularly if this piece of work is going to count towards your degree. By identifying yourself as the author you are by default laying claim to ownership of that piece of writing. If you don't identify your sources then you lay yourself open to the charge of plagiarism.

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