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

Definition from Oxford English Dictionary

Types of Plagiarism

Direct Plagiarism 

Direct plagiarism is the word-for-word transcription of a section of someone else’s work, without attribution and without quotation mark

Self Plagiarism

Self-plagiarism occurs when a student submits his or her own previous work, or mixes parts of previous works, without permission from all professors involved. 

Mosaic Plagiarism

Mosaic Plagiarism occurs when a student borrows phrases from a source without using quotation marks, or finds synonyms for the author’s language while keeping to the same general structure and meaning of the original. 

Accidental Plagiarism

Accidental plagiarism occurs when a person neglects to cite their sources, or misquotes their sources, or unintentionally paraphrases a source by using similar words, groups of words, and/or sentence structure without attribution. 

Steps to Avoid Plagiarism

Step 1: Understand Plagiarism. Plagiarism is when you use another person's words or ideas and try to pass them off as your own. 

 

Step 2: Properly Quote and Paraphrase. 

 

Step 3: Properly Cite Sources. 

 

Step 4: Check Your Work for Possible Plagiarism.

 

Step 5: Practice.


Don't Plagiarize!

 

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