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What is plagiarism?


DCU defines plagiarism as the “presentation of another person's words, ideas, arguments, concepts or designs as your own”
(see DCU Plagiarism Policy). Allegations of plagiarism are taken very seriously and referred to the DCU Disciplinary Committee.

Put simply plagiarism happens when you:

use the words or ideas of others in your assignment without giving due acknowledgment to the original authors

take a direct quote from a source or paraphrase information from a source without acknowledging the original source

copy from a fellow student

Remember:  Plagiarism does not just relate to the written word, it also relates to other material such as images, diagrams, formulae, music, movies, art works and graphs.

In some cultures it is considered reasonable to use the words of others without acknowledging the original author(s), however this is not the case here and students must appropriately acknowledge the work of others when used in assignments.  If you present someone else’s work as your own, it is plagiarism.

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