Honesty is fundamental to anything you do and the same goes for your academic work.
Not being ethical or honest is taken very seriously. If you are not honest and use someone else's words, images, sounds or ideas, then it is called plagiarism. You will see in the back of your planner the Plagiarism Policy, which is covered during Homerooms at the start of every year. It gives you a very clear outline of what the consequences of academic dishonesty are. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are clearly aware of what it entails.
To avoid plagiarism you must be mindful to cite your sources. When you cite your sources, you identify them in a way that others can understand. There are many systems used to do this. At Lowther Hall we use the Harvard citation system. Please refer to the Writing Bibiliographies page for how to write a bibliography or resource list.
Many teachers use Google Classrooms to provide you with work and where you can submit work. There is an Originality Report availability which teachers might use on any 'Assigned' work you submit.
All tertiary institutions take plagiarism very seriously too. Most universities use an online plagiarism-checker called TurnItIn. Students submit their work which is scanned by the program which identifies plagiarism or possible plagiarism. It identifies the various types of plagiarisms through different colours.
Though we do not have access to TurnItIn at Lowther Hall, it is good to be aware of this process for when you are a tertiary student.
When using YouTube videos don't forget to cite and reference your sources.
This video was created by Monash student Chern Xuan, winner of the Monash University Integrity Campaign video competition in 2019. (Monash University, 2019)
Duration: 2:33 min
This tutorial will show you why you need to cite sources in your research paper and how to do it. Towards the end, it talks about MLA referencing style, but remember we use the Harvard referencing style.