University of Stirling



What is Plagiarism?

The University defines plagiarism as; “To plagiarise is to represent, as one’s own, the intellectual property of another”  

This basically means taking other peoples work (intellectual property) and incorporating it into your own work without acknowledging the original source of your information or ideas. This can be anything from an internet source, spoken word, graphics, data and written text.

Some examples of this can be

  • the inclusion in your work of extracts from another person’s work without the use of quotation marks and/or acknowledgement of the original source(s);
  • the summarising of another person’s work without acknowledgement;
  • the substantial use of the ideas of another person without acknowledgement;
  • copying the work or ideas of another student with or without that student’s knowledge or agreement.