Nobody likes a copycat: The ethical use of information


Your assessment is due soon.
Your lecturer has already instructed you about using information appropriately and not plagiarising.
But maybe you’re still not one hundred percent clear on exactly what plagiarism is?
And you want to be sure… Because your lecturer has told you it’s a serious offence… And…
That it can come with severe consequences!!! Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone
else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own.
It includes: Direct copying of sentences, paragraphs or other extracts from someone
else’s published work… Including online content… Without acknowledging the author.
Paraphrasing someone else’s words or using facts and information without acknowledging
the author. Handing in the same assignment as a friend
is copying when it is NOT a group assessment. To make sure your work is your own and not
someone else’s just follow these simple rules:
Try to view the original source Acknowledge paraphrasing or quotations
Reference accurately in your style So in summary… The main point is to make
sure any information you use in your work is referenced correctly.
All sources used in your work are protected by legal and ethical rights.
One of these rights is copyright. Copyright protects and gives ownership rights
to the creator of an original work. Whenever you use material that is not your own… No
matter the source, if you reference correctly you will be ok.
It’s also important to respect the rights people have to privacy. It is illegal to reveal
the following types of information without the direct consent of the individual concerned:
Using photos or video of individuals or groups of people
Personal or sensitive information which has never been published
Any information given to you in confidence Just think how would you’d feel if someone
took the ideas you’d spent hours, months maybe even years of your time developing and
used them without your permission or without acknowledging their use… You’d be pretty
upset right? Need help? Ask La Trobe!

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