How to avoid plagiarism (and why we reference in academic writing)
Students are often told that we reference to avoid plagiarism. They are also told that if they plagiarise, they can be excluded from the university. Both of these statements are unhelpful in developing as academic writers. This video looks at what plagiarism means before providing practical examples of how we can take on the referencing practices of our fields to become better academic writers (and in the process avoid plagiarism).
Developed by Sioux McKenna, Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Rhodes University
Explore these additional resources
- The dangers of intentional plagiarism
- Just write – how to get better at academic writing
- Keeping a reading journal
- The misuses of Turnitin and other text matching software
Who might find this useful?
This video is made for postgraduate scholars and supervisors but might be useful for undergraduates too.