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Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

Reference Management

Avoiding Plagiarism

Library Class on Referencing & Plagiarism

Academic Staff: To further support learners, we have developed a class on successful searching. These sessions can be booked by contacting us here.

Students: Attend one of our Library & Information Skills Tutorials (LIST) or take one of our interactive LIST Online Tutorials.


What's Plagiarism?

In academic writing, it is important to keep track of where ideas are coming from. Together, we should all be contributing to a body of knowledge. But taking other people's ideas without giving them credit isn't contributing, it's plagiarism!

Beware the copy and the paste!

Don't run the risk of Internet plagiarism! Just because something is freely available on the internet does not make it common knowledge and exempt from citation.

Example 1: The sky is blue, is common knowledge and you do not need to reference.

Example 2: Maynooth University has sustained its place in the top 100 global universities under 50 years old is not common knowledge and would need to be referenced. 

When in doubt, cite!! 

Maynooth Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism involves an attempt to use an element of another person’s work, without appropriate acknowledgement in order to gain academic credit Maynooth University's policy on plagiarism.

What's Paraphrasing?

It is when you rewrite a text into your own words. It is used to clarify a meaning or shorten a statement. There is no need for quotation marks. But you will still need a citation and reference.


Turnitin is a system that can help with managing the online submission of assignments and coursework. It allows students and lecturers to check submitted pieces of writing for unclear referencing, citation issues, or  potential instances of plagiarism. It can be access through MOODLE our virtual learning environment.


Test you Skills !

Ten Types of Plagiarism