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The PhD & Library Scrutiny: Plagiarism

Tools and tips offered towards understanding the Library's role in the PhD thesis process at the UWI St Augustine Campus

UWI Policies

UWI Libguides on Plagiarism

Plagiarism Game

A plagiarism game from Lycoming College, USA, Goblin Threat, involves finding goblins and defeating them by answering plagiarism-related questions correctly.

What does it look like?

What is it?

Plagiarism is the representation of another person’s work and creative expressions as your own original work, and is considered to be misconduct meriting disciplinary penalties up to and including permanent exclusion from the University depending on the egregiousness of the offence. Researchers should avoid representing the published or unpublished work of another person as their own or assisting anyone else in doing so. The use of work done by other persons must be clearly, appropriately and adequately acknowledged, using the accepted conventions of the University.

Even when a source is cited, if the words of the author are presented verbatim, or nearly so, in a way that would lead the reader to conclude that these are the creative expressions of the writer, and not of the original author, this comprises plagiarism.

Upon demonstration that a researcher has misappropriated another person’s work and represented it as his or her own, the researcher may present evidence to rebut the allegation of plagiarism. Procedures for dealing with the allegation of plagiarism by graduate students are provided in the University of the West Indies Policy on Graduate Student Plagiarism.




A video created using the UWI policies on Plagiarism and youtube.