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Information Literacy Tutorial

A module-based information literacy tutorial that addresses each stage of the research process, including selecting a topic, identifying information needs, selecting sources, locating information, evaluating information, and citing sources.

What is Plagiarism?


Plagiarism in plain English:

  • Using someone else’s work in your own academic work without giving proper credit.    

Intentional plagiarism:

  • Copying a friend’s or classmate’s work
  • Buying or borrowing papers
  • Cutting and pasting blocks of text without providing documentation of the original source
  • Borrowing images and other media without documentation of the original source
  • Publishing work on the Web without the permission of the creator

Unintentional plagiarism:

  • Careless paraphrasing
  • Poor documentation of sources
  • Quoting excessively
  • Failure to use your own ideas or words

UWC Policy

The UWC policy with regard to plagiarism - University Calendar, Rule A.5.1.8

  • Academic Dishonesty reads "Academic dishonesty is a serious misconduct and will be dealt with in terms of the provisions of the University's Disciplinary Rules for Students. 
  • Academic Dishonesty is not limited to plagiarism, cheating, collusion, but extends to all deceptions relating to academic work"
  • The Software programme called "TurnItIn" is another strategy used by UWC to engage students in understanding how copying texts written by others is cheating.

Check your understanding


Please work through the following quiz:


Interactive Quiz




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