Tips and guidelines on how to prevent plagiarism...
Planning and researching your paper
Writing your paper
Melbourne Polytechnic adheres to two styles of referencing: Harvard Style, and APA Style. Check with your teacher to find out which style is appropriate for your studies.
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
However, by citing your sources, most cases of plagiarism can be avoided.
Plagiarism.org, What is plagiarism n.d, viewed 14 December 2015, <http://plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism>
There are those facts that may be deemed 'common knowledge', for example the French Revolution began in 1789.
In this case, you may choose not to cite such a well-known fact, however, there is some dispute in academic literature about 'what is common knowledge'. If in doubt, cite or ask your teacher.
In the academic community, plagiarism is considered a form of theft and will be dealt with according to severity of intent. Failure of the paper and/or subject and possibly expulsion from the Polytechnic, are all possible consequences.
As a student or staff member, it is your responsibility to be familiar with the Higher Education Student Academic Integrity Policy and the Student Discipline Rule. Ask your lecturer for details.