Ethical scientific writing is always honest, clear and accurate and gives credit to both ideas and text (including small phrases) that belong to another author. Ethical scientific writing represents an implicit contract between yourself as writer and the reader, whereby the reader believes that everything you have written is your own work and that if this is not the case you will indicate this clearly by quotation marks and references, as appropriate. (Miguel Roig. A guide to Ethical Writing. Avalable to download at http://ori.hhs.gov/education/products/plagiarism/
Help for undergraduates:
Avoiding Plagiarism workshop for postgraduate students - online version of our Academic Writing Integrity: Avoiding Plagiarism face-2-face workshop. It is available on our SUNLearn module. For more information and to register for this workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go direct to the workshop by selecting the Avoiding Plagiarism link above.
What is Turnitin and how does it work?
It is compulsory for all students to sign the Plagiarism Declaration (as attached in Addendum 1 of the SU policy on academic integrity policy document) and to attach it to any study assignment, as prescribed by the department concerned. SU Senate. 2010. Stellenbosch University policy on academic integrity: the prevention and handling of plagiarism [Internet}. Stellenbosch University. Available: Policy document [2011, 9 September]
To avoid plagiarising someone else's words or ideas, make sure you:
Journalist and author Darrel Bristow-Bovey was caught in 2003 plagiarising chunks of text from Bill Bryson and reported first in The Star and then the Mail & Guardian.
Pamela Jooste, multiple award-winning SA author, admitted in Jan 2005 to plagiarising paragraphs from an article by WITS academic Lindsay Bremner, published in the Lifestyle section of the Sunday Times.
Dejavu database currently stands at over 79 000 plagiarism entries.
Some of the content of the Plagiarism libguide is copied or compiled with the collaboration of staff from the Stellenbosch University Post graduate and International office and other support staff partners on campus.