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When you begin a course of study, you are warned not to plagiarise - and usually you'll receive some guidelines on plagiarism and how to avoid it.
Despite the fact that Universities offer this guidance, most students plagiarise because they don't understand how to avoid plagiarism.
"...once students clearly understand what plagiarism is, its consequences and how to reference correctly so they can draw on published works, plagiarism becomes less of a problem... the majority of students who engage in plagiarism do it more out of ignorance than the desire to cheat"
Diana Baker, Emmanuel College, Durham.
This section provides a practical guide to avoiding plagiarism. It explains common traps you may fall into as a student if you don't use and reference material correctly.
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To achieve a 1st, your essays must demonstrate clarity of expression, be free from spelling and grammatical errors, use accurate and often sophisticated technical vocabulary, and use consistent citation with a well-presented bibliography.