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What Is Plagiarism?

Forms of Plagiarism

Plagiarism in the News

What Is Plagiarism?

Definition: According to your computer’s “Encarta Dictionaries”, plagiarism is:

**It doesn’t matter if it was intentional (on purpose) or an accident!! If you do one of the things below, you’re plagiarizing and there are consequences…

Click here for a video about types of plagiarism
Am I plagiarising?

Forms of Plagiarism

Complete Plagiarism

  • Handing in someone else’s work as your own (including work published or unpublished, by a professional, another student, a tutor, a family member, essay mill, etc.)

Near-Complete Plagiarism

  • Using so much of other people’s work in your own, with citations or without, that your own ideas are not evident (e.g. most of the work is copied, with some of your own words & ideas scattered in between

Patchwork or Close Plagiarism

  • Copying a passage and changing some words, but keeping the main sentence structure
  • Copying ideas, sentences & paragraphs from lots of different sources and patching them all together

Lazy Plagiarism

  • Using someone’s ideas or words without giving them credit (citing them)
  • Forgetting to put quotation marks around a quote, or forgetting to include the citation
  • Giving the wrong or incomplete citation for a source
  • Using media files (images, audio or video files) without citing them


  • Re-using your own work (part or whole) for another assignment

How Can I Avoid Plagiarism?

Be Organized

on this page you’ll learn how to take notes properly & keep your sources organised so that you can avoid plagiarizing

Learn How to Quote, Paraphrase & Summarize

on this page you’ll learn how to use people’s words and ideas correctly

Cite Your Sources Correctly

here you’ll learn how to cite other people’s ideas in your work

Plagiarism in the News

It’s easy to think that plagiarism is only something we need to worry about in school. Take a look at how people in the academic and professional world have plagiarised and the consequences this has had on their careers.

Professor at University of Central Florida: Unintentionally used citations but not quotation marks for quotes.

Blooger: Was sued for using someone’s pictures on her blog (even with citations and a disclaimer!)

Athletes at Harvard: Colluded in a take-home test. Voluntarily withdrew from school to avoid being suspended and missing playing their sport the following year.

Novelist: Plagiarized his spy novel from up to 27 other novels. Books pulled from shelves and reputation ruined.

For more information or if you have questions, see your teacher-librarian!