All of the following are considered plagiarism:
However, by citing your sources, most cases of plagiarism can be avoided.
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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.
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.