Ethical Scientific Writing
Ethical scientific writing is always honest, clear and accurate and gives credit to both ideas and text (including small phrases) that belong to another author. Ethical scientific writing represents an implicit contract between yourself as writer and the reader, whereby the reader believes that everything you have written is your own work and that if this is not the case you will indicate this clearly by quotation marks and references, as appropriate. (Miguel Roig. A Guide to Ethical Writing. Available to download at http://ori.hhs.gov/education/products/plagiarism/
What is plagiarism?
"Plagiarism is the theft and use of the ideas, material and other intellectual property of others that are passed off as one’s own." SU Senate. 2010. Stellenbosch University policy on academic integrity: the prevention and handling of plagiarism
[Internet]. Stellenbosch University. Available: Policy document.
[2011, 9 September].
What is Turnitin and how does it work?
Turnitin is used by students at various academic establishments to measure plagiarism. Students upload assignments onto the Turnitin database where the papers are compared with billions of pages on the internet (Turnitin Official website
). The results are returned in the form of an Originality Report that gives clear explanations of possible plagiarism.
How do I submit a Turnitin assignment in WebStudies?
will help students to submit a Turnitin assignments in WebStudies. You may also consult the video
on how to submit Turnitin assignments in WebStudies. Download the (20mb mp4) video here
. You may contact your faculty librarian
if you do not have access to Turnitin and want to use the Library Turnitin module on WebStudies.
Where can I get help and training?
Plagiarism forms part of most library training sessions. Use Ask a Librarian
if you need help.
Other support services: