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Yes - there is no problem with quoting from sources. You can get a better idea of what is okay and what is not okay from these examples.
Obviosuly if many students are doing the same assignment, there will be similarities. But when slabs of each assignment are identical, then cheating has occured. The important thing is that you should be learning and not just copying for the sake of marks.
Those that take pride in their work will not copy from others or allow others to copy from them.
There is nothing wrong with sitting down and discussing the assignment with friends and then going off to do your own essay.
Well, yes. But there is a difference between blindly copying (which is wrong and what SafeAssign will detect) and properly quoting from other sources. We should:
- think about the question
- read some references to understand the question
- write our own answer and our own thoughts, referencing other sources as we go
This means we are doing our own work and giving credit to others' work. In this case, SafeAssign detects the things we have quoted and then there is no problem.
In this case, before the assignment is submitted, the group leader would need to do their own checks to ensure the materials have not been copied. This could involve:
- doing a Google search on random phrases
- stating clearly on the assignment who did what section
- getting each member to sign a plagiarism declaration form
The NP Plagiarism Policy document says:
"The assignment that you are about to submit will be checked for plagiarism by SafeAssign. By submitting your assignment here, you are claiming that all of the work is your own and that any sources you have used are properly referenced."
Since you are agreeing to this by submitting your assignment to SafeAssign, it means there is no longer any need to submit a plagiarism declaration form.