A. About Plagiarism

Plagiarism refers to the act of using the creative works of others (e.g. ideas, words, images or sound, etc) in one’s own work without proper acknowledgement of the source. According to the Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (1987), to ‘plagiarise’ means

[To] steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: [to] use (a created production) without crediting the source: [to] commit literary theft: [to] present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

The University views plagiarism, whether committed intentionally or because of ignorance or negligence, as a serious disciplinary offence. Excuses such as “not knowing that this is required” or “not knowing how to do it” are not accepted. It is the student’s responsibility to understand what plagiarism is, and take action steps to avoid plagiarism in their academic work. The golden rule is: “if in doubt, acknowledge”.

B. Avoiding Plagiarism

Students are required to submit their original work and avoid any possible suggestion of plagiarism in the work they submit for grading or credit. Below are some suggestions on how you can avoid plagiarism in your own work:

  1. Use sources with care and respect
  2. Find out the expectations of your Department and your teacher
  3. Develop your academic skills
  4. Be honest, and always do your own work

C. Resources and Support Provided to Students

To know more about plagiarism and how to cite sources properly in your work, please refer to the booklet “About Plagiarism and How to Avoid It” developed by the University at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ogur/academic_integrity/Plagiarism_Booklet.pdf.

You can also obtain more information about using sources and referencing styles from the following web page of the Centre for Independent Language Learning, English Language Centre of this University at http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/CILL/reference.aspx.

The University Library subscribes to EndNote. It is a reference management tool that could be used to help you create your own bibliographic database. More details can be found at: https://www.lib.polyu.edu.hk/research-support/tools/ref-management-tools.