What is Plagiarism?

According to Merriam Webster (2017), plagiarism is defined as “the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person.” As an academic institution, The Da Vinci Institute is committed to raising awareness to students about the importance of submitting their own and original work.  In this context, a lack of paraphrasing, incorrect referencing and a lack of referencing constitutes plagiarism.

Plagiarism Statistics: 2017 compared to 2016

Over the last year, The Institute has focussed on reducing the number of plagiarism cases with the #Plagiarism must fall campaign! This has seen a decline in the number of plagiarism cases by 63% over the last nine months compared to the same period in 2016.

How can Da Vinci help you!

The Institute assists students in their understanding of what constitutes plagiarism, the levels of plagiarism and how to paraphrase and reference correctly, in the following ways:

 *       Harvard Referencing guide

*   Professional writing guide

*   Student On-Boarding guide

*   Student contract

*   Facilitator feedback

*   The plagiarism policy

*   Professional writing refresher workshops

The documents above are found under the “important documents” on Moodle. Kindly contact your Programme Co-ordinator if you require any information or assistance accessing any of the above documents. The refresher workshops are run monthly and open to all students irrespective of where you are in your studies.

Strive for originality!