What is Plagiarism?
"Plagiarism is the act of stealing the ideas and/or the expression of another person and representing them as your own. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and no student shall, with intent to deceive, represent the work of another person as his or her own in any academic writing, essay, thesis, research report, project or assignment submitted in a course or program of study or represent as his or her own an entire essay or work of another. A student commits plagiarism if he submits work that is not truly the product of his own mind and skills."(Student Handbook 2010-2011. Plagiarism. p.46-48. KUSTAR, 2010)
Forms of Plagiarism
- “A word-by-word copying of someone else's work, in whole or in part, without acknowledgment, whether that work be an internet page, a magazine article, a portion of a book, a newspaper piece, another student's paper, or any other composition not your own”.
- “An unacknowledged paraphrasing of the structure and language of another person's work (changing a few words of another's composition, omitting a few sentences, or changing their order)”.
- “Writing a paper based solely on the ideas of another person. Even though the language is not the same, if the thinking is clearly not your own, then you have committed plagiarism”.
(Student Handbook 2010-2011. Plagiarism. p.46-48. KUSTAR, 2010)
- Khalifa University uses ‘Turnitin’ as a plagiarism-detection software.
- All electronically-submitted coursework is checked by faculty (mandatory).
- Turnitin plagiarism score equal or greater than 15% will be awarded zero marks.
Tips to remember
- Enclose all copied parts in “quotations” marks.
- Refer to the original source, either in the body of your paper or in a note.
- Make sure you are paraphrasing correctly, and not just rearranging words.
- Always give credit to the source.
Links to additional information on Plagiarism:
Online resource for people concerned with the growing problem of internet plagiarism.
Plagiarism Stoppers: A Teacher's Guide Places to go for help with student plagiarism, how to identify it, what to do when it happens, how to prevent it.
Purdue University on Plagiarism (OWL – Online Writing Lab)