Academic Integrity

Deterring Plagiarism

Explain the benefits of and reasons for correct referencing

Students should not believe that correct referencing is only required to avoid accusations of plagiarism. Emphasise:

  • good academic practice and the positive reasons for referencing
  • academic integrity and the student’s membership of the academic community
  • the link between good academic practice and better grades rather than penalties

Activities to promote academic integrity:

  • explicitly include academic skills and referencing in assessment criteria
  • include students in assessment design where practicable
  • encourage students to become involved in departmental discussions on plagiarism
  • provide examples of good academic writing at a suitable level from your discipline (first year students cannot emulate published work!).


Content adapted from a range of sources (see Useful References).


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Last Updated: 29/10/2012