German minister resigns over plagiarism:
German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg stepped down after he was found to have copied large parts of his 2006 university doctorate thesis.
Steven King resigns over plagiarism row:
A former political advisor to previous First Minister David Trimble resigned from a newspaper following allegations of plagiarising his column.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is taking someone else‘s work or ideas and passing them off as your own own. It includes:
The reasons for plagiarising can either be intentional or unintentional, and can often be due to: poor time management, having problems with managing your workload, leaving the work to the last minute and taking the easy option, a crisis at home, or even just laziness. The University has sophisticated technology that will catch plagiarised work, so by doing it you may seriously affect the outcome of your degree. Accidental plagiarism is treated just as seriously as doing it on purpose.
To avoid plagiarism you must ensure that you include all the references you have used in your work. This is not something that should be left to the last minute after you have finished writing as this is often when errors occur, due to insufficient time. Instead referencing should be an ongoing process throughout all stages of your academic work:
Reading and Note-taking:
For more information about how to reference see the Referencing tab above.