How to Avoid Plagiarism

How to write in your own words or paraphrase
Writing a Bibliography

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The word plagiarism comes from a Latin word for kidnapping. Plagiarism is stealing a person's ideas or writing and therefore it is a form of cheating. Some students might do it without realising the implications. You need to ensure you put the information into your own words and you must always list the source where your information came from in your Bibliography.

RHHS's Assessment Booklet clearly states:
"All My Own Work’ - Copying and Plagiarism:
All work submitted by a student for an assessment task must be completed by the student. Plagiarism includes copying large sections from a book/source without acknowledging the author. If in any doubt about how to acknowledge information, ideas or the actual words taken from a book/source, students should seek the assistance of the class teacher. It is highly recommended that drafts/evidence and preparation be sighted throughout the process and that students keep drafts/records, notes/evidence of process work for submission if required by the teacher. In cases where there is doubt regarding the authenticity of work submitted, the assessment task may be given a ‘non attempt’."

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Sometimes plagiarism can be accidental, but it's sometimes done on purpose and that's just being lazy. By copying whole paragraphs from different places, means student don’t have to spend the time thinking about the subject, gathering his or her own thoughts about it, and then putting it into original words.

In order to avoid plagiarism, students need to understand that the purpose of an assessment task is to learn; to absorb information, internalise it, understand it, and explain it -- not just to research and write it.

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