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Honors 101: Plagarism

What is Plagiarism?

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the technical term for stealing someone else's intellectual property (words or thoughts).

Plagiarism “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source.”
Plagiarism. (2010). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.Retrieved January 12, 2011, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarism

USA's Plagiarism Policy

According to the 2015-2016 University Bulletin, "Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are academic matters; accordingly, no credit will be given for work in which they are involved. In addition, incidents of this nature may be reported to other appropriate authorities for further disciplinary action. (See Student Academic Conduct Policy)."

See Plagiarism and Cheating.

5 Types of Plagiarism

Type 1: Copy and Paste Plagiarism or Direct Plagiarism

When you copy a sentence, phrase, or paragraph word for word, but do not quote your source.

Type 2: Word Switch Plagiarism

When you rephrase a person's work and insert it into your own work without acknowledging its original source.  If you take a sentence from a source and change a few works without acknowledging your source, it is still plagiarism.

This is not paraphrasing. For information on how to correctly paraphrase, see When To Cite.

Type 3: Mosaic or Blending Plagiarism

When you: mix words or ideas from an unacknowledged source in with your own words or ideas; mix together uncited words and ideas from several sources into a single work; or mix together properly cited uses of a source with uncited uses.

Type 4: Insufficient Acknowledgement

When you correctly cite your source once, but continue to use the author's work with out giving additional proper citation.

Type 5: Self-Plagiarism

When you use a paper or assignment completed for one class to satisfy the assignment for a different class.  Even if you modify a previous paper or assignment, you must get permission from your professor/ instructor and correctly cite your previous paper.