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New Students and Staff: Getting Started at Rhodes Library: Plagiarism

Welcome to Rhodes University Library - a dynamic place to visit! This guide has been designed to assist you to become familiar with both print & electronic resources and on-site & virtual services at the Library


What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else's work as your own, deliberately or by mistake. The material you use could be text, data, image, sound or performance. Your work includes essays and assignments (any, not just written ones),  projects, theses,dissertations and any work, such as a presentation, work of art or performance.

Plagiarism includes:

  • copying the work of another student with or without permission
  • using an assignment bought from the Internet
  • cutting and pasting text or images into your own work without referencing the sources
  • quoting or putting the work of others into your own words without referencing the sources

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The current Rhodes Plagiarism Policy and guideline is available.

" Most simply, plagiarism is intellectual theft. Any use of another author’s research,
ideas, or language without proper attribution may be considered plagiarism."

It is unethical and illegal to submit someone else's work as your own - it is the
same as stealing.

Plagiarism: the Purdue Writing Lab

This guide is designed to help you to find information on how to cite your sources correctly, and to avoid Plagiarism

Read more about Plagiarism... The more you know, the better prepared you are for citing your sources.