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Avoiding Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?
In the context of Learning Institutions, plagiarism is a form of cheating.

When does plagiarism occur?
In Open University Malaysia, plagiarism is committed when:

  • Publishes,  with  himself/herself  as  the  author,  an  abstract,  article,  scientiļ¬c or academic paper, or book which is wholly or partly written by some other person;
  • Incorporates himself/herself or allows himself/herself to be incorporated as a co-author of an abstract, article, scientiļ¬c or academic paper, or book, when he/she has not at all made any contribution to the abstract, article, scientiļ¬c or academic paper or book;
  • Forces another person to include his/her name in the list of co-researchers for a particular research project or in the list of co-authors for a publication when he/she has not made any contribution which may qualify him/her as a co- researcher or co-author;
  • Extracts academic data which are the results of research undertaken by some other person, such as  laboratory ļ¬ndings  or   ļ¬eld   work   ļ¬ndings   or   data  obtained   through   library   research, whether published or unpublished, and incorporate those data as part of his/her academic research without giving due acknowledgement to the actual source;
  • Uses  research  data obtained  through  collaborative  work  with  some other person,  whether  or  not that other person  is  a  staļ¬€  member  or  a  learner  of the University, as part of another distinct personal academic research or for a publication in his/her own name as sole author, without obtaining the consent of his/her co- researchers prior to embarking on his/her personal research or prior to publishing the data;
  • Transcribes the ideas or creations of others kept in whatever form, whether written,  printed  or available in electronic form, or in slide form, or in whatever form of teaching or research apparatus, or in any other form, and claims either directly or indirectly that the learner is the creator of that idea or creation;
  • Translates  the  writing  or creation  of another  person  from  one  language to another whether wholly or partly, and subsequently presents the translation in whatever form or manner as the learnerā€™s own writing or creation; or
  • Extracts  ideas  from  another  personā€™s  writing  or  creation  and  makes   certain  modiļ¬cations without due reference to the original source and rearranges it in such a way that it appears as if the learner is the creator of those ideas.
Reference: 

OUM Thesis Writing Guideline in myVLE







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