Avoiding plagiarism

Susie Schofield, Rola Ajjawi

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    Universities take plagiarism very seriously. Honesty in academic writing is also seen as part of the professional behaviour of health professionals. In the United Kingdom, octors have been severely reprimanded for plagiarism (Dyer, 2011). It is important, therefore, for students and future health professionals to understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. The word plagiarism comes from plagiarius, the Latin for 'kidnapper'. The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com) defines it as 'to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source; to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source'. From this we can see that there are two parts to plagiarism: theft (of a thought or words) and fraud (presenting them as our own).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCommunicating in the health sciences
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, VIC
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages11
    EditionThird / 17
    ISBN (Print)9780195579048
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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