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
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.
In order to assist staff, the University has a Copyright Administrator, Mr. Thapelo Mashishi. All requests for copyright permission should be routed through the Copyright Administration Office. Lecturers can download the DALRO form to be used for all copyright permission requests.