Plagiarism is a major cause of concern in academic institutions in Australia. It occurs frequently for students who come from non-English-speaking backgrounds.A study has revealed that students whose first language was not English takes plagiarism lightly and engage in academic dishonesty more than their native English-speaking counterparts.
As a student, you need to understand plagiarism and recognise it when it reflects in your written work as it can affect your academic and professional career.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a term of academic misconduct in which students copy the ideas or work of other writers and include them in their documents or assignments without giving them their proper credit.
If you think of plagiarism as only a minor form of cheating, you are highly mistaken. There are some plagiarism detecting tools to find out plagiarised data and can lead to severe consequences, such as:
Destroying Your Professional Reputation
If a student is found to be Plagiarising, it can result in suspension or expulsion from the course. Moreover, it can destroy your reputation.
Having Legal Repercussions
Copyright laws are fixed and universal. It strictly states that one cannot use another person’s written material without citation and reference. Otherwise, you may have to face legal repercussions of plagiarism that can be quite serious.
Affecting Your Career
If any of your documents are found unauthentic, then it will get mentioned in your academic record. That track record can give a negative impression to your current/future employers.
Make sure you don’t plagiarise by following the tips below:
- Avoid cutting and pasting directly from the Internet at all costs
- Keep a record of all your sources and provide accurate references
- Ensure bibliography matches with the each in-text citation
- Even if you use your own words, give credit to the author for the idea
Enable College Assist You in Avoiding Plagiarism
If you are an Enable College student and are unaware of what constitutes plagiarism then you should consult with your respective Trainers and Assessors.
They will check the authenticity of work, by testing it for plagiarism and provide important information about the policies and rules to maintain the academic integrity within the course, and of the potential consequences if one breaches the respective policy.
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