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Avoiding Plagiarism

The University of Adelaide expects students to understand their responsibility for academic honesty and to develop the knowledge and skills to avoid plagiarism.

  • University Policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

    The University of Adelaide's Academic Honesty Policy includes the issues associated with plagiarism, the responsibilities of the Faculty/School/Department, the responsibilities of staff and students, as well as the procedures and penalties for plagiarism.

  • Student Guides
    Avoiding Plagiarism: Achieving academic writing
    Avoiding Plagiarism: Achieving academic writing
    This learning module was prepared by Ursula McGowan and Kerry O'Regan, University of Adelaide, 2008. It is an Articulate presentation and requires your browser to have a Flash Player plug-in installed.
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    Research - Writing
    Academic Skills Resources
    A MyUni course called 'Academic Skills Resources' is available for all students. This course should be visible in your My Current Course window when you log into MyUni. It contains many useful sections on writing essays, grammar, developing your communication skills and tips for avoiding plagiarism.
    Copyright Guide for Students
    The Copyright Guide for Students provides a brief outline on what copyright is, your rights and obligations in the use of copyright materials and University facilities.
    More detailed information can be found on the University of Adelaide's Copyright website.
  • Resources for Students
    Assessment Cover Sheets

    Schools/Departments should provide an "Assessment Cover Sheet" that requires the signature of the student declaring that all cited works have been clearly identified and acknowledged. For students submitting work electronically, a suitable digital version of an "Assessment Cover Sheet" should be used.

  • TurnitIn

    Turnitin is a software that is used for checking and marking student assignments. Some courses allow you to hand in your assignments via Turnitin and for the markers to give feedback on them via Turnitin. Turnitin will also give you an "originality report" where it will tell you about how similar your writing is to other texts that can be found online and in other student assignments.

    To find out more about the importance of this kind of software and how staff and students can use it, check out the videos below.

    Getting an originality report from Turnitin before you hand in your assignment.

    You can now check your draft assignments for text matching and text originality (prior to submitting the assignment for marking) by submitting draft assignments to the Turnitin self-assessment tool within MyUni.

    • To access the tool, go to MyUni and look at the "MyUni Courses" block. There is a section for "Other Courses" and under this is a link called "Turnitin Originality Report". Click on this link to go to the course. For full instructions on how to get there and use the system, download the instructions for Turnitin Originality Report.
    • Your instructors will not see any drafts you submit there, and none of these drafts will be considered if you subsequently submit your edited and finalised assignment through Turnitin for marking within your course (if your instructor has enabled Turnitin assignment submission in your MyUni course).
    • You cannot submit your assignments for marking through the Turnitin self-assessment tool. You can only check your assignment drafts for originality.
    • If you have any questions about academic integrity, plagiarism, or the results you receive generated though the Turnitin Originality Report using the Turnitin self-assessment tool please email your questions to the Writing Centre (contact details below).

    Introduction to TurnitIn

    A brief introduction to TurnitIn.

    Benefits of TurnitIn

    Academics from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Sciences speak about the benefits of using text matching software.

    A Tutor's Point of View

    A Tutor from the Faculty of Arts speaks about how she views students’ Originality Reports to assess assignments.

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