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If you use a famous quote off the internet, does that count as plagiarism?
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If you use a famous quote off the internet, does that count as plagiarism?
The last time I checked, the definition of plagiarism was as follows:

"the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own."

It is not about using a quote. It is about using a quote without properly attributing it to the author.
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So long as you make reference to who said the quote, then you won't be plagiarising.

That being said, it is questionable whether you should use quotes in your personal statement or not. Universities are looking for a statement from you, about you. They want an idea of who you are as a student, and whether you fit into their ideals, not a bunch of stuff said by other people.

I used one, small quote when I wrote mine, and it was something that meant a lot to me. It was relevant to my beliefs and who I am as a person, and was a little extra something to add detail to my statement, rather than used to fill empty space. So long as its done in a significant way, I would say go for it. If it's just bits and pieces you're taking from the internet because they sound good, I would probably avoid it 😊
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So long as you make reference to who said the quote, then you won't be plagiarising.

That being said, it is questionable whether you should use quotes in your personal statement or not. Universities are looking for a statement from you, about you. They want an idea of who you are as a student, and whether you fit into their ideals, not a bunch of stuff said by other people.

I used one, small quote when I wrote mine, and it was something that meant a lot to me. It was relevant to my beliefs and who I am as a person, and was a little extra something to add detail to my statement, rather than used to fill empty space. So long as its done in a significant way, I would say go for it. If it's just bits and pieces you're taking from the internet because they sound good, I would probably avoid it 😊
Okay right thanks.
Why subjects were you doing at a level at the time?
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you will be flagged on ucas if u use too much of other peoples work they have a software which chan check. unit don't take students with flagged personal statements. just do it yourself.
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Your personal statement is meant to be about you.

So no quotes!
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Okay right thanks.
Why subjects were you doing at a level at the time?
I was doing Chemistry (but dropped it at AS), Biology, English Literature, and Psychology, and I am currently doing a BSc Psychology and Counselling at Staffs Uni. If you need any advice, my uni has a personal statement checker that can help out if you are still struggling 😊
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