...submitting as one's own work, irrespective of intent to deceive, that which derives in part or in its entirety from the work of others without due acknowledgement. It is both poor scholarship and a breach of academic integrity.
You can use reference managers to help keep track of what you've found in your literature search, what you've read and what you want to cite or quote in your writing. Managing your references from the beginning of your project will help ensure that you can easily and correctly cite any ideas you got from another source, reducing the risk that you'll accidentally plagiarize another author. There are many ways of doing this, but here are a few we can help you set up:
The Department of Engineering doesn't stipulate which referencing style should be used. For more guidance, see the University's guide to common referencing conventions and the Open UP Study Skills e-book The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism.
Other sources of advice include:
The following information is intended as a guide to copyright and does not constitute legal advice.
Copyright is one of a bundle of rights which help to ensure that a work is not used without permission. Copyright is automatically granted once the work has been produced in a tangible form, for example written down. In most cases the first copyright holder is the author of the work.
The rights of the author can be divided into two groups – the moral right to be identified as the author and the economic right to make money from their work. The author retains the moral rights but may choose to give away the economic rights, for example by publishing in a journal. More information about these rights can be found here.
Third party copyright refers to copyright that is owned by someone else. Legislation allows researchers to use short quotations, extracts or excerpts from others work as long as the use meets the requirements of ‘fair dealing for the purposes of criticism and review’. If researchers wish to reuse content they have authored but already published it is important to check if the publisher will permit this.
Creative Commons provides a way to licence the use of material you create and share. Using a simple formula it allows creators to build a licence which suits their needs and authorised appropriate use of their work. Using a Creative Commons licence allows researchers to get more exposure for their work whilst maintaining control over its use.
For more information about copyright contact the Legal Services Office of the University.