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Plagiarism: What is Plagiarism?

What is Plagiarism?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, plagiarism is:

 "the action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft"

<>; accessed 16 March 2012.

Some plagiarism is deliberate, and some is unintentional, but all of it is wrong!

Examples of Plagiarism

*   copying something word-for-word and not citing it 

*   using a direct quote and not putting quotation marks around it

*   paraphrasing something without citing it

*   copying & pasting from an online source

*   copying from a classmate or friend

*   using someone else's paper and putting your name on the cover page

*   recycling your own papers for different courses

*   buying a paper from a "paper mill"


The following document is a list of types of plagiarism (courtesy of TurnItIn).

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