Plagiarism is the term used for passing off other people’s work as your own. This includes material or ideas from any source, whether printed, electronic, web-based or audio visual. Plagiarism is taken very seriously in the academic community and is regarded as serious misconduct.
Most cases of plagiarism are unintentional and occur because of errors or omissions in referencing. The Skills for Learning website offers guidance on avoiding plagiarism through proper referencing and careful note taking. The Little Book of Plagiarism can also help.