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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.

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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


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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