By acknowledging the work of others, you avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is where you either intentionally, or unintentionally, fail to acknowledge other writers’ words, ideas, or concepts, and/or claim the words, ideas, and concepts as your own and is a form of academic misconduct. When you are using common knowledge in your writing, e.g. the sky is blue, or the chemical formula for water is H20, this is not considered to be plagiarism.
How to avoid plagiarism
Following are some tips for avoiding plagiarism:
Plagiarism Checklist (for more information see: Plagiarism Academic Tip Sheet (ECU)):
All students need to show academic honesty by referencing correctly and avoiding plagiarism. See handout: Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: A resource for students.
Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Nyoongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs operate.
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.