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Philosophy: Cite Sources



Turnitin is a software for preventing plagiarism for teachers and students. Starting from the academic year 2016-17, the software is made a mandatory platform for submitting written assignments in all courses

For details, you may refer to the training materials in using Turnitin in Moodle provided by the Teaching and Learning Centre. You can view details under "Blended Learning is main facilitated at Lingnan University via the MOODLE".

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism refers to:

1. The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.

2. A particular idea, piece of writing, design, etc., which has been plagiarized; an act or product of plagiary.

(Oxford English Dictionary, 2012)

Plagiarism is considered as a form of dishonest practice in course work, in other words, a case of cheating. As stipulated in the Regulations Governing University Examinations, "A student considered to have cheated in course work should be given a zero mark for that particular piece of work…The case may be brought to the Student Disciplinary Committee if the Programme Director/Head of Academic Unit concerned deems it necessary to do so.”  (Calendar 2012-13, p. 282)

The University has a clear guideline on plagiarism under Academic Integrity. Please refer to this page for more information:

Online Tutorial on Plagiarism Awareness

For the undergraduate students of Lingnan University who are admitted in 2016-17 onwards, they are required to complete the "Online Tutorial on Plagiarism Awareness" within their first year of study.

To directly access the "Online Tutorial on Plagiarism Awareness", please visit:

For regulations and other details of the "Online Tutorial on Plagiarism Awareness", please visit:


To avoid plagiarism, a student must give credit to idea, opinion, theory or exact words, belonging to another person as seen from books, journal articles, websites or elsewhere by making a citation (or reference) to it. It doesn't matter if the piece of information is published or not. Citations should be given in a particular format as specified by course instructor. Common citation formats include:

• APA (American Psychological Association) Style

• MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

• The Chicago Manual of Style

A Citation Style Chart prepared by Purdue University compares these 3 widely used citation styles. It shows the differences among these 3 citation style, and also useful for finding example on a specific citation format. 

Citation Style Chart

The University subscribes to RefWorks, an online research management tool, for facilitating students to generate citations and bibliographies. At the same time, in order to ensure academic integrity, it utilizes the Turnitin software to detect plagiarism.

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