The new edition of this best-selling study skills book provides a practical guide for success for students at every level of their study in criminology or criminal justice degree. Fully-revised and thoroughly updated to reflect changes in the curriculum, the book continues to provide students with practical and relevant information for their degree including topics on: choosing courses, sourcing and researching, applying theory to practice, writing essays, presentation skills, revision, taking exams, and careers after your degree. Additional content for the new edition includes:

a new chapter on plagiarism; developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources; expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills; your move from high school to university and the varying levels within your degree.

Understanding Plagiarism

Understanding plagiarism

Developmental Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be familiar with:

  • definitions of plagiarism that exist within Higher Education
  • the consequences of plagiarising the work of others
  • the ways in which you can avoid plagiarism.

9.1 Introduction

This chapter examines the increase in student plagiarism, which has become an extremely important issue for universities in the UK, Europe and across the world. This is demonstrated by Carroll (2004: 1), who states that:

‘… for whatever reason, the worldwide statistics show plagiarism, collusion and cheating to be on the rise. The THES [Times Higher Education Supplement] has articles almost every week on the matter and here at Brookes, as in every other university, the number of cases continues to grow.’

Over recent years, such is the extent of concern ...

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