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- Handing in someone else’s work as your own (including work published or unpublished, by a professional, another student, a tutor, a family member, essay mill, etc.)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