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Academic Culture - Plagiarism

Undergraduate Students

Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas, charts, concepts or words in your assignments and using them as if they were your own, and without giving credit to the actual author. Plagiarism is considered a serious offence in Trinity and carries penalties depending on the severity of the plagiarism.

To ensure that you have a clear understanding of what plagiarism is, how Trinity deals with cases of plagiarism, and how to avoid it, you will find a repository of information at  

We ask you to take the following steps:
(i)  Visit the online resources to inform yourself about how Trinity deals with plagiarism and how you can avoid it at You should also familiarize yourself with the 2015-16 Calendar entry on plagiarism located on this website and the sanctions which are applied;
(ii) Complete the ‘Ready, Steady, Write’ online tutorial on plagiarism at Completing the tutorial is compulsory for all students.
(iii) Familiarise yourself with the declaration that you will be asked to sign when submitting course work at;
(iv) Contact your College Tutor, your Course Director, or your Lecturer if you are unsure about any aspect of plagiarism.

Correct referencing is essential when crediting your sources and avoiding plagiarism. Your course handbook will tell you what style of referencing you should use in your assignments so be sure to check that out before you start any assignments. You will waste a lot of time if you have to redo your references.


Trinity College has produced an online interactive tutorial on plagiarism and how to avoid it. See

Referencite, University of Auckland, New Zealand has some good interactive resources to help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid it:

Click on video below to hear Trinity students talk about plagiarism.

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Last updated 16 December 2015 by Student Learning Development (Email) .