WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?
Plagiarism is taking someone else’s words and/or ideas and presenting them as your own. This might be done purposely or accidentally, but that doesn’t much matter. Plagiarism really is a problem, and can get you a range of penalties including failing your assignment or subject.
HOW DO I KNOW HOW TO REFERENCE?
There is an Academic Honesty Education Module available on Canvas. It should take about a half hour to complete, and is compulsory for most students. The library also has Peer Learning Advisors who can review this with you, or answer any questions that you have. There are also lots of online resources, including websites that will create reference lists for you.
BUT I WAS PRETTY BUSY / I FELT UNWELL / ENGLISH IS NOT MY FIRST LANGUAGE
There may be many reasons that you did not reference correctly, and while these provide an explanation or context, they do not excuse the plagiarism. If you are in a position where plagiarising seems like your best option, please talk to an SRC Caseworker or (if you feel able) your subject coordinator about what your options might be. It is much better to take a late penalty than to fail the assessment.
For more information read our online leaflet on Academic Honestly & Integrity: http://srcusyd.net.au/src-help/academic-issues/plagiarism/