All students are expected to observe the highest standards of honesty and integrity in the work they submit for assessment: this is called academic integrity.
It is fine to use other people’s information, images, ideas or words (including material you get from the internet) in your own work but you must be clear and open about what you have used, whose material it was and where you got it from.
The use of a wide range of sources of information shows that you have undertaken good preparation and study. External markers reading or viewing your work must be able to clearly see what parts of it are your own work, and what parts you have used from other people’s work, and where you got the information.
If you hand in work that is not all your own work and you do not reference it appropriately, this is called plagiarism, which is a form of cheating.
If you are caught cheating, you risk the cancellation of your external results and possibly all of your results for the year, for both internally and externally assessed subjects.
The Authenticity and academic integrity guide provides information on how you are to reference (cite) other people’s information, images, ideas or words used in your work and what you must do to show which parts of the work you hand in for assessment are yours, and which parts you have got from other people’s work.