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Copyright, Licensing and GDPR: Copyright for Students

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Plagiarism is defined by the University Student Regulations as 'the significant use by a student of other people's work and the submission of it as though it were his or her own'.  

The Harvard System of Referencing will provide guidance on how to reference your work correctly and avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism.

Copying for private study and research: Fair Dealing

There are some things that the Act does allow you to do for the purposes of your own study, within reasonable limits, under what is known as “fair dealing”. You are advised not to copy beyond 5% of a book or one chapter, 1 poem or one article from a journal part.

Copyright for students - know your rights and responsibilities

Almost all the learning resources that you use as a student – books, journals, videos, software, etc. - will be covered by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This prohibits copying someone else's copyright material unless (a) you have their permission or (b) it falls within the limits allowed for “fair dealing

Copyright for Students

Adventures in copyright / opensource.com / CC BY-SA 2.0

Student Coursework Sites

Student Coursework Sites such as CourseHero, StuDocu and Study Drive encourage students to share course materials such as lecture notes, assignments, lab reports and exam questions.

Students should not be uploading course material provided to them as part of their studies. The copyright and IP of such materials is usually owned by the University, and this activity also poses a potential risk to personal data. Students uploading their own material or using material uploaded by other students is not actually a copyright infringement but they should be aware that doing so may result in Turnitin flagging up possible plagiarism.

You may face disciplinary action for copyright infringement.

Copying for criticism and review: quoting others' works

There will be times when you wish to include, or make reference to, material which is not your own (i.e. which is someone else’s copyright) when completing an assignment. It is legitimate to include quotations for the purposes of criticism and review, but you must make sure that such material is properly acknowledged or cited.

Shorter quotations of a few words or sentences may be used to illustrate a point, but not to replace using your own words. These must also be correctly acknowledged and cited.