Plagiarism is defined as ‘the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own (Oxford Dictionary.com). Plagiarism is a serious crime and is an infringement of the rights of the copyright owner. It is an act of academic dishonesty to take ideas or work that was not originally one’s own and presents it as one’s own ideas or work and use it without proper acknowledgement of the source and author.
Plagiarism and infringement of copyright owner’s right may include the following:
- Failure to obtain permission for the use of portions longer than a paragraph or to acknowledge the source and the name of the author from where sentences or passages not longer than a paragraph, figure, pictures have been taken and used word-for word;
- Paragraph of the ideas or works of others including those obtained from the Internet without acknowledging the source and author of the work;
- Copyright of another student’s assignment and submitting it as one’s own work; and
- Paying someone to do an assignment on one’s behalf and submitting it as one’s own work.
- To avoid being guilty of copyright violations, students must ensure that they do the following:
- Cite all sources and names of authors from which information was obtained and used;
- Obtain permission for the use of materials that are longer than a paragraph; and
- Comply with the University’s copyright policy.
Students are encouraged to avoid acts of Plagiarism and other dishonest acts by learning to cite properly and acknowledge sources from which they have taken materials for their research or assignment.
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Students’ on Book (2018 – 2023), Pg 10 -11.