Plagiarism & Academic Integrity

At UNSW, plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct and is viewed very seriously. The UNSW Student Code provides a framework for the standard of conduct expected from UNSW students with respect to academic integrity and behaviour. Where a student breaches the Student Code with respect to academic integrity the University may take disciplinary action under the Student Misconduct Procedure.

Where can I find more information?

1. The Learning Centre has developed a range of online academic skills resources to assist students to develop and hone the wide variety of the academic and communication skills required for successful study.

Resources include essay and assignment writing, postgraduate writing, referencing and plagiariam, writing: elements of style, exam skills, reading and note-taking, lectures and tutorials, time management, oral presentations, and writing in science and engineering, as well as links to external resources.

2. The Elise Study Skills tutorial

ELISE is designed to introduce new students to studying at UNSW.

Completing the ELISE tutorial and quiz will enable you to:

  • analyse topics, plan responses and organise research for academic writing and other assessment tasks
  • effectively and efficiently find appropriate information sources and evaluate relevance to your needs
  • use and manage information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • better manage your time
  • understand your rights and responsibilities as a student at UNSW
  • be aware of plagiarism, copyright, UNSW Student Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use of UNSW ICT Resources Policy
  • be aware of the standards of behaviour expected of everyone in the UNSW community
  • locate services and information about UNSW and UNSW Library

Some of these areas will be familiar to you, others will be new. Gaining a solid understanding of all the related aspects of ELISE will help you make the most of your studies at UNSW.

3. Turnitin

Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention tool that enables submitted written assignments to be checked for plagiarism including improper citation or misappropriated content. Each assignment submitted to Turnitin is checked against the submitted assignments of other students as well as the Internet and key resources (including library databases, text-book publishers, digital reference collections, subscription-based publications, homework helper sites and books) as selected by the course convenor. Some courses may require all students in that course to submit their work into Turnitin when they submit their work. However, academics can also use it to check an individual student’s assignment when they are marking it. You can find out more about Turnitin.