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IEEE Referencing: What is plagiarism?

Explanation and examples for IEEE referencing style


Plagiarism is the intentional, or unintentional use of the work of someone else without proper acknowledgement.

This includes:

  • copying or cutting and pasting material from books, periodicals, electronic resources, journals, study notes, the web, or any other source in an unchanged form and without acknowledgement
  • copying the work of other students
  • paraphrasing ideas from any work without acknowledgement
  • collaborating with other students without authorisation when producing an assessment task.

To avoid plagiarism:

  • write down  the source details from any document or work that use so you can refer to it later, and you know where your information has come from. Source details include, Author, Title, place of publication and publisher name , date, volume/numbering for journals and page numbers.
  • Write source notes on any printout or copy that you make. 
  • Use quotation marks if you quote directly from a work. It is not enough just to acknowlege the source.
  • Use your own words and ideas, as well as some paraphrasing. Limit quotes to really important pieces of information, or facts and figures.
  • Acknowledge all sources of information from which you have extracted or developed ideas for use in an assessment, even if you have put those ideas into your own words. It's still someone else's idea.

Plagiarism Cartoon


F. Pirillo (n. d). Plagiarism, Olive-Harvey College Library, Accessed on Oct. 10, 2019. [Online]. Available:

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