Academic integrity & plagiarism

Academic integrity is about having honesty in your work. It means developing your own original ideas, knowledge and creations while acknowledging other people for theirs.

Plagiarism is using other people's work without acknowledging those people. For more information on how plagiarism is dealt with at AUT, see the AUT Academic Calendar.

Important strategies for not plagiarising are quoting and paraphrasing.

Unacceptable paraphrasing (plagiarism)

Poor paraphrasing

This is too close to the original wording. Compare it to the acceptable paraphrasing where a range of strategies (changing the order or wording, using similar words and changing word forms) are used.

Acceptable paraphrasing

Good paraphrasing


AUT students and staff talk about academic integrity (3:00)


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