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This guide is designed to assist the university community on how to avoid plagiarism. The information is customized for the UWI community and is very user friendly.

The UWI's Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as the unacknowledged use of the words, ideas or creations of another. The principal categories of unacknowledged use are unacknowledged quotation, which is failure to credit quotations of another person’s spoken or written words; and unattributed borrowing, which is failure to credit another person’s ideas, opinions, theories, graphs or diagrams. Unattributed borrowing also includes the failure to credit another person’s work when paraphrasing from that work. Cosmetic paraphrasing is also plagiarism. This occurs when, even with acknowledgement, the words are so close to the original that what is deemed to have been paraphrased is, in fact, a modified quote, but is not presented as such. A more technical form of plagiarism is wrongly attributed borrowing, where one does not acknowledge the work from which one obtained an idea, but quotes, instead, the original source without having read it. This may well convey a broader research effort than that actually expended and may perpetuate misinterpretation.

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Karlene Robinson
Head, Loan and Reference, Main Library
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Tel: (876) 970-6577 Ext. 3577
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