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Plagiarism

This guide provides tips on what constitutes plagiarism as well as tutorials and tips on methods to improve your research skills.

Example of Plagiarism #1

The original text

" There is a strong market demand for eco-tourism in Australia. Its rich and diverse natural heritage ensures Australia's capacity to attract international ecotourists and gives Australia a comparative advantage in the highly competitive tourism industry."

(Weaver, D. (Ed.) 2000,  The encyclopedia of ecotourism, New York: CABI Publishing: p. 143).

The plagiarized text

There is a high market demand for eco-tourism in Australia. Australia has a comparative advantage in the highly competitive tourism industry due to its rich and varied natural heritage which ensures Australia's capacity to attract international ecotourists.

Why is this plagiarism?

One or two words have been changed but this copies the same basic wording and structure of the original text. By not citing the original source of the text, the student is suggesting that the words and ideas are his/her own.

Example of Plagiarism #2

The original text

"Dramatic changes in the non-Aboriginal community's appreciation of the importance of women as social and ceremonial agents in Aboriginal society had translated into pressure of demand in the art world for Papunya women's paintings."

(Johnson, V. 1994,  Aboriginal artists of the western desert, Roseville East, NSW:Craftsman House : p18).

The plagiarized text

Johnson (1994) explains that dramatic changes in the non-Aboriginal community's appreciation of the importance of women as social and ceremonial agents in Aboriginal society had translated into pressure of demand in the art world for Papunya women's paintings.

Why is this plagiarism?

Although the author has been cited, the student presents the exact words as if he or she had written them. This 'direct quote' should be enclosed in quotation marks ("...").

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