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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: Academic Integrity

Referencing Guide

Check out the guides to referencing your work

Conducting your work with honesty

During your studies at London Met you need to approach your work with academic integrity, that is to say, you must take an honest approach and do not falsify data, pass off the work of others as your own or cheat in any way. This relies on:

  • truth
  • honesty
  • trust

By embracing these values you give credibility to yourself and the work you produce. This means respecting the work of others and demonstrating original thought through critical thinking.

If you use other people's work and pass it off as your own without due acknowledgment it is known as plagiarism.

It is your responsibility to ensure you submit your own work, reference and paraphrase correctly, and do not share your work with others. 

Check your work before submission

Submitting your coursework- Turnitin
You may have an opportunity to practice submitting your coursework via Turnitin before you submit your assignment via your weblearn module or following your tutor's instructions.
Why use the Turnitin practice area first?
All information, ideas and quotations from anything you have read or consulted in order to write an assignment at university must be correctly referenced.
Turnitin will provide you with an originality report.  This will highlight parts of your work that are similar to other pieces of work.  You can use this report to improve your work and check that you have cited all your research correctly.


For any referencing questions contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

University regulations

When the values of academic integrity are not displayed, poor academic integrity questions the quality of your degree. This can harm the value of our degrees in the workplace and for acceptance into further study. 

The University takes academic misconduct very seriously and seeks at all times to rigorously protect its academic standards. Plagiarism, collusion and other forms of cheating constitute academic misconduct, for which there is an explicit range of graduated penalties depending on the particular type of academic misconduct. The penalties that can be applied if academic misconduct is substantiated range from a reprimand to expulsion in very serious cases and for repeated instances of misconduct.

The link below lists a range of categories of academic misconduct and associated penalties, covering instances of academic misconduct (plagiarism, collusion, exam cheating). 

Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedure for 2023/24