Plagiarism is the use or imitation of the language,  thoughts or ideas of another person in your work. 

Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work as if it were your own, whether you mean to or not. The Institute does not tolerate plagiarism of other peoples work.

Someone else's work means anything that is not your own idea, even if you use your own words or you summarise. You must still acknowledge your sources. This includes:

  • material from books, journals or any other printed resource
  • the work of other students or staff
  • information from the Internet
  • software programme's and other electronic material
  • designs and ideas
  • images , video or audio
  • the organisation or structuring of any such material

Citing authoritative and appropriate sources gives more weight to your argument. It provides evidence that you have researched your topic and can represent a wide range of views. It is important to follow a formal system of  referencing to avoid plagiarism. This also ensures that your reader can locate the original sources of your citation.