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what is plagiarism? . (Scarfe 1982). " To plagiarize means to deliberately take and use another person's invention, idea or writing and claim it, directly or indirectly, as your own. “ But read on. Scarfe, G. (1982) Gerald Scarfe, London: Thames and Hudson (reproduced with permission).

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what is plagiarism?

(Scarfe 1982)

"To plagiarize means to deliberately take and use another person's invention, idea or writing and claim it, directly or indirectly, as your own.“

But read on...

Scarfe, G. (1982) Gerald Scarfe, London: Thames and Hudson (reproduced with permission)


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Is all learning plagiarism?

  • It has been argued that all learning is plagiarism: that we use ideas from other people all the time, weave them into our working and academic lives, gradually take ownership of them and eventually forgot who influenced us in the first place.

  • The people who influenced us, were in turn influenced by nameless others going back over the centuries.

  • However, the term ‘plagiarism’ has a particular meaning in relation to academic study on formal education courses.

  • Try the quiz that follows to test your knowledge of what is or isn't plagiarism


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Look at the following scenarios and decide whether or not the situation described amounts to plagiarism. Click the appropriate column: yes or no

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However, be cautious when doing this and always try to establish the name of the original author. If an author’s name is shown, this must be cited. If the idea is an original one though (as opposed to ‘interesting’), it would be wise to cite the website if no author’s name is shown.


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It is not plagiarism to summarise in your own words historical or general overviews of situations where there is unlikely to be any significant argument or dispute with what you say. However, If you copy extracts from books the author(s) must be cited & referenced.

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However, you should always check out ideas as thoroughly as you can before claiming any originality for them. You could, for example, discuss your ideas with your tutor, who is likely to know if others have published similar ideas to your own.


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