Plagiarism is the act of taking another person’s work and passing it off as your own, which amounts to theft. This includes information from web pages, books, songs, television shows, interviews, articles, artworks or any other medium. Whenever you paraphrase, summarise, or take words, phrases, or sentences from another person’s work, it is necessary to indicate the source of the information within your work and in a bibliography at the end. This is called referencing
Most Psychology programmes at the University of Northampton use the APA style of referencing, but there may be occasions when you are asked to use the Harvard System. The guides for referencing are full and comprehensive but if you need any help, you can contact an Academic Librarian or a Learning Development tutor for advice.
The following video, created by Bainbridge College, should help you to understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.