This section is about plagiarism and cheating. It will help you to avoid plagiarism in its different forms. It will explain why plagiarism is counter-productive when constructing your dissertation and be a reminder that academic staff are usually very good at spotting what is and what isn't your work. Plagiarism is an academic crime and can carry severe penalties for you and your degree.

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Further Reading

Here are the Sheffield Hallam Guides relating to cheating and referencing. You should check your own institution’s regulations and accepted style.
ASHWORTH, P.; BANNISTER, P. and THORNE, P. (1997). Guilty in Whose Eyes? University students’ perceptions of cheating and plagiarism in academic work and assessment. Studies in Higher Education, 22(2), 187-203
COTTERELL, S. (2003). The Study Skills Handbook. Basingstoke, Palgrave, chapter 6
PEARS, R. and SHIELDS, G. (2005). Cite Them Right: The Essential Guide to Referencing and Plagiarism. 5th ed., Newcastle-Upon Tyne, Pear Tree Books
REDMAN, P. (2006). Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide. London, Sage, chapter 9

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1. © This information is adapted and reproduced with the permission of Dan Ellingworth, Sheffield Hallam University, 2004.


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