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Academic Integrity: Plagiarism


Plagiarism is closely related to academic integrity and is a serious academic offence.


The key to avoiding plagiarism is to give credit where it is due

-- if in doubt, cite.

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Using an image, video or anything else you find online in your work without providing a correct citation is plagiarism.

Further Reading

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the passing off of someone else’s work as one’s own, and is cheating.

Plagiarise - "Take and use as one’s own (the thoughts, writings, inventions etc., of another person); copy (literary work, ideas etc.) improperly or without acknowledgement; pass off the thoughts, work, etc., of (another person) as one's own."

From: The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarism you must give credit whenever you:

  • Use another person’s opinions, ideas, or theories.
  • Use facts, statistics, graphs, drawings etc. that are not common knowledge.
  • Use quotations of another person’s spoken or written words.
  • Paraphrase another person’s spoken or written words.

Intentional / Unitentional Plagiarism

Plagiarism Disclaimer

GMIT Assignment
Cover Sheet 

(printable pdf)

Common Knowledge

The only source you can use in your work without crediting it, is information that is considered common knowledge and as a result not attributable to one source.

Common knowledge is information generally known to a knowledgeable person, such as commonly known facts and dates.

Examples of common knowledge are:

  • Known time and date information (There are twelve months in a year)
  • Known historical facts (Julius Caesar was a Roman)
  • Geographic pieces of information easily verified by a non-specialized map (Dublin is in Ireland)

Detecting Plagiarism

GMIT uses URKUND, a leading academic plagiarism detector, to check students' work for plagiarism by comparing it against a large academic database.

URKUND is an automatic text-recognition system made for detecting, preventing and handling plagiarism.

URKUND shows lecturers’ how much of a student's work matches content from their databases; so they can understand how much of the work is original.

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