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Referencing and Research Help: Plagiarism

This guide will assist you with your research skills so that you can learn to access and use information.

Tips to avoid plagiarism

Use these techniques to avoid plagiarism:


  • does not match the source word for word
  • involves putting a passage from a source into your own words
  • changes the words or phrasing of passage, but retains and fully communicates the original meaning
  • must be attributed to the original source


  • does not match the source word for word
  • involves putting the main idea(s) into your own words, but including only the main point (s)
  • presents a broad overview, so is usually much shorter than the original text
  • must be attributed to the original source


  • match the source word for word
  • are usually a brief segment of the text
  • appear between quotation marks
  • must be attributed to the original source


Information about Plagiarism

Plagiarism is an attempt to present another person's work or ideas as though they are your own.

It often involves copying text directly from another source without acknowledging whose work it is.  

It is important when writing a report or essay that you acknowledge all the sources you have used.
Books, journal articles, websites you have referred to must be acknowledged.

This is usually done in a Bibliography, using a standard referencing method (eg. Harvard Referencing System).

REMEMBER - plagiarism is a form of theft, and is regarded as a serious offence in TAFE NSW. Students who are found to have plagiarised may face disciplinary action under the Student Discipline Policy.  

Staff and students should refer to the Hunter TAFE Student Plagiarism Policy and the Use of TAFE NSW internet and intranet services policy.

The NSW Board of Studies has created a useful website - All My Own Work - to assist students to follow ethical practices when locating and using information.

Avoiding plagiarism : What do I need to cite?

Books in the library

Here's a selection of books available in Hunter Libraries:

Understanding Plagiarism