WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?
Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward Plagiarism Policy
To Avoid Plagiarism:
To Quote a Source:
To Use Common Knowledge:
Copyright can be defined as a form of Intellectual Property aimed at preventing unauthorized persons from copying certain types of works.
It is the University’s policy to comply with the Copyright Act and Regulations and in so doing to respect the rights of the authors and publishers and to pay reasonable license fees where required by law. Infringement of copyright by the Universities, Heads of Departments or lecturers, and students could result in legal action and possible awards of damages.
The Copyright Act currently protects literary, artistic, and musical works, sound recordings, cinematograph films, sound and television broadcasts as well as published editions and computer programs.
Turnitin can be defined as an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that checks your writing for citation mistakes or inappropriate copying. When you submit your paper, Turnitin compares it to text in its massive database of student work, websites, books, articles, etc.
Turnitin is integrated into the Assignments tool, this means that when you upload your paper to your classroom for grading, it will automatically be sent through Turnitin's repository, with no need to log in separately at Turnitin.com. The Similarity Report that it generates will help identify possible instances of plagiarism.