What is plagiarism?Plagiarism is using someone else's intellectual property and pretending it is your own; it is regarded as an extremely serious offence in any academic community.

For examples please see the following website, under the section "Writing":
(link used with kind permission of Andy Gillett).

In this Department, we regard copying and pasting from Internet sources or copying down passages from books as unfair and unethical. It is equally unethical to hand in a paper which you have bought from a website or paid someone to write for you, or to present work that a friend or relative has written for you as if it were your own. Consistently failing to state that you are quoting from other writers or using their ideas in a paper constitutes intellectual theft as well. We will take appropriate action if we discover that plagiarism has been committed; in extremely serious cases, this could result in expulsion from the university.