Skip to Main Content
site header image

Learning English: EAL / AMEP: (c) How Can You Avoid Plagiarism?

A library guide for students learning English.

How Can You Avoid Plagiarism?

Always acknowledge your sources. To do so will strengthen your assignment and show that you have researched the topic and understand it.  Put quotation marks around exact quotations e.g.

“Australians are sports mad, especially for the passive spectator sports of cricket, Aussie Rules football, rugby (league or union), tennis, or any type of racing, from cockroach to camel .” (Jones, 2001, p. 3)

·         Use the style of acknowledgment that is recommended for use in your course. Most Centres use Harvard.

·          Keep a bibliography of all your sources as you work.

·         Avoid copying or ‘cutting and pasting’ from a source (without acknowledgement) when reading as it is easy to forget later that the cut and pasted work is not your own.

·         Acknowledge all sources from which you have paraphrased, adapted, extracted or developed ideas, even if you have expressed those ideas in your own words.

·         Always use quotation marks when quoting directly from a work. It is not enough merely to acknowledge the source of the quotation.

·         Use quotations and paraphrasing to support the ideas you have developed from your research.

·         Speak to your teacher or a librarian to make sure that you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

What Doesn't Need A Citation?

  •  Any information that is common knowledge e.g. The Sydney Olympic Games were held in the year 2000.
  • Anything that is genuinely your own thoughts, conclusions or experiences. e.g. In my opinion...