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Understanding plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct. It involves using the words or work of others without acknowledging the source.

There are two types of plagiarism:

  • intentional plagiarism, where there is deliberate copying or use of another’s work without giving credit; and
  • unintentional plagiarism, which results from not citing correctly, poor research, or careless cutting and pasting from electronic sources.

How is plagiarism detected?

Plagiarism may be detected by your teacher if there are inconsistencies in the following:

  • your writing style
  • the standard of your work
  • your knowledge about a subject


There are also a number of plagiarism programs/services that teachers can use to check if the work submitted is original and the source of non-original work is cited appropriately.

Why is knowing about plagiarism important?

The CIT Student Information on the CIT website, states in the rights and responsibilities of students that, "students are to complete all assessment tasks honestly without any form of cheating or plagiarism or copyright violations”.


Plagiarism is important to every student because:

  • It is wrong to take or use another’s property without giving the owner credit. It may also be copyright infringement.
  • CIT’s reputation affects the value of your qualification; student’s dishonesty can make your qualification worthless.
  • If you fail to meet your student responsibilities disciplinary action can occur.


Watch this video to find out more about understanding plagiarism: Understanding Plagiarism and its Consequences

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