What is plagiarism
Plagiarism is the act of using the work of others (in particular the writing of others) as one's own.
The most obvious and substantial type of plagiarism is copying whole articles, sections, paragraphs or whole sentences from other publications without acknowledgement. This is clearly unacceptable.
However, even the use of a few words or paraphrasing (without actually copying
any words at all) may constitute plagiarism if the source is not acknowledged.
Students sometimes unintentionally plagiarize because they are not aware of
the very stringent rules that apply. Students must read the
If material is taken from a source, there shall be proper quotes
and acknowledgements. For reference styles, see
the examples provided.