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Plagiarism and Turnitin

Put simply, plagiarism is the theft of other peoples’ work and ideas without due acknowledgement and attribution.  The University has a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism amongst researchers and HDR students and will address any such instances as potential research misconduct. 

HDR students who commit plagiarism may find their candidature terminated or their degree failed, so the matter is one that is treated very seriously indeed.

A learning module on plagiarism and independent research writing developed by the (former) Research Education Development Unit of the Adelaide Graduate Centre in cooperation with the Centre for Learning and Professional Development is available to assist research students develop an understanding of what plagiarism is and the importance of academic honesty in research writing. The workshop is available through the MyUni ‘Academic Skills Resources’ course, under the section labelled Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) for postgraduate students and sub-section labelled Online Modules for HDR Candidates.

In addition, the University has made ‘Turnitin’ an Internet-based plagiarism-prevention service created by iParadigms LLC, available through MyUni as a resource for you to check and manage the originality of your written work. Some originality checking websites immediately publish your submitted materials online; this can compromise intellectual property agreements and has the potential to create serious issues for yourself, the University and any third parties involved in your research project.

However, the Graduate Centre has customised Turnitin for research students to ensure that you can check any piece of written work for originality e.g. a draft publication, research proposal or thesis chapter without the risk of online publication. You can access Turnitin ‘self-check’ as a course within MyUni and submit, review, revise and resubmit your documents as many times as necessary to ensure that your work contains no examples of accidental plagiarism. Turnitin can be a powerful tool to help you refine your skills as a researcher in compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.


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