Where to seek assistance

We know that students may find it difficult at first to understand the university’s requirements and expectations in relation to Academic integrity so we provide you with a range of services to assist and support you. 


Help with including the ideas of others in your work

There are three main ways to include the ideas of others in your written work. They are quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing‌. These facts sheets will assist you to work out when and how to use these techniques.


When you submit your written assignments through Canvas then they are usually put through the text matching software Turnitin. Turnitin uses text matching software to detect similarities between your submission and previously presented work. The software uses a content database collected from billions of previously submitted works; from students, academic authors, databases and so on. It checks for matches with previously submitted writing, stored within various internet, academic and student paper databases (repositories).

Turnitin generates a Similarity Report which you should be able to review prior to final submission of your assessment tasks. The Similarity report will highlight sections of your work that has been identified as being unoriginal – that is, it is not unique to your submission. Carefully review the highlighted sections in the Similarity report and edit these where appropriate to correct any poorly referenced sections before submitting your final version for assessment.

Avoid plagiarism

This checklist will help you check to make sure you have avoided intentional plagiarisation in your work. Please use it when you are preparing your assignments, and do a quick final check before you submit your written work.


Services available to students

Academic skills: You can find the Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) on campus or contact them via email lashawthorn@swin.edu.au. The learning advisors can help you improve your academic and study skills, understand assignments, and prepare for exams effectively.

At the LAS drop-in hub which is located on level 2 in the Hawthorn Library you can get help from a learning advisor or a student learning assistant, and there's no need to make a booking.

Referencing: Navigate to the Swinburne library website where you will find a whole section on referencing including style guides and videos with lots of examples, as well as details of workshops  you can attend to improve your skills. 

Academic advisors: Each faculty has dedicated Academic Development Advisors (ADAs). They help you make the most of your university experience and assist with any issues you may face during your studies. To find out who the Academic Development Advisor is for your faculty visit Talk to an academic development advisor, where you can find more information or book an appointment.

Peer assistance:  There are Student Peer Assistants (SPAs) who are trained students who can provide one on one support in your specific units of study. For students of the Hawthorn campus they can be found in ATC205 or you can contact a SPA via Skype.