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Academic Integrity module (Moodle)

Our academic integrity module is an interactive tutorial that teaches you all the different (and sometimes unexpected) aspects of, and issues surrounding, academic integrity and plagiarism.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is about being honest, ethical, and respectful within the academic environment.  It means giving credit to others' ideas and research, not claiming anyone else’s ideas or research as your own, and always acknowledging where the information you have used has come from. ​​

You are expected to demonstrate these principles throughout your learning journey.


Referencing yourself

You must also reference your own work from previous assignments if you are presenting it as something new.

Unauthorised collaboration

You must be careful not to collaborate with others on an assignment that requires you to work as an individual. You should not discuss your thoughts and research with others and ensure that the work you submit reflects your own research and ideas.

Learn more

You can learn more about your responsibilities to academic integrity by completing the library's helpful academic integrity module


When writing an academic assignment, you will likely gather information from a variety of sources. It is essential that you acknowledge where you got the information from in order to avoid plagiarism.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism means using someone else's words or ideas in your writing, and (mis)representing them as your own work. This is considered academic theft and can have serious consequences such as disciplinary action or exclusion from Wintec. 

Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional. Unintentional plagiarism is usually the result of inaccurate, or missing referencing! It is important, therefore, to follow the APA referencing guide carefully. By referencing accurately you:

  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Give credit to the originators of ideas/material you have used
  • Demonstrate that your argument is supported by evidence
  • Allow others to find the resources you used
  • Demonstrate that you have researched thoroughly


When using information from others in your assignment you should:

  • include in-text citations each time you quote or paraphrase from a source
  • provide a full reference list of all the sources of information used in your assignment

Handy tip

When reading a resource for your assignment, write down the author, date, title and publication details (or URL, DOI) when you are making notes so you can find the material again and reference it correctly.

Goblin Threat plagiarism game

Goblin Threat, courtesy of Lycoming College, Pennsylvania, is a fun, interactive game designed to teach you what plagiarism in an academic context is.

Please note: in New Zealand, plagiarism is a legal issue, but not a criminal offence. At Wintec, it is a disciplinary issue.

Funny plagiarism video

uAlbertaDoS. (2013). Acceptable/unacceptable [Video]. YouTube. 

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