The Good Scholarship Website
If you want to be successful in studying for a degree at university you need to take a scholarly approach to your studies. In this website, we give you some information about what this means and how to approach your studies. We talk about finding the right information, analysing and synthesising that information and writing in a way that shows that you have understood your readings. Accurate referencing is a crucial component of scholarly work.
If you don't show clearly and fully the sources of your readings in your assessment, you may be plagiarising. Across higher education, plagiarism is a serious academic offence. However, a lot of plagiarism is often as a result of a lack of understanding and confidence rather than deliberate action by the student.
Throughout your studies at Queen Margaret University, your tutors will provide you with information about how to avoid plagiarism, referencing and paraphrasing and what we understand by being a good scholar. This website aims to provide you with additional supportive information: a reference area. It has links to a range of sources, for example, to Student Service, the Library and to other institutions.
If you are concerned about plagiarism, talk to your tutor or contact the Effective Learning Service. It can take a while to develop confidence in your own academic writing skills. The Student Learning Service can support you to develop these and a range of other learning skills. This Service offers informal workshops, one-to-one support and a 'drop in' service. Contact Virginia Bell by phone on 0131 474 0000 or on email.