MODULE 8: Writing, Style and Documentation, Plagiarism:
Section 4 of 5, PLAGIARISM, page 2 of 4.


Defining Plagiarism

Plain and simple—plagiarism is literary theft.

To plagiarize is to represent, purposely or inadvertently, someone's language (the expression of their ideas), as your own original thought.

Examples of what is typically considered to be plagiarism:

Plagiarism as the result of poor writing: Incorrectly using, or omitting, documentation (citations and references). Improperly quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing information sources. In that regard, the previous section of this tutorial presents the subject of documentation, and the publication A Student Guide to Plagiarism points writers to resources pertaining to quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

Blatant plagiarism: Copying or stealing a paper, or getting someone else to write it.

Self-plagiarism: Reusing a paper you have previously written. Writing one paper to fulfill two or more concurrent assignments. Not citing information previously presented in one’s own published works.


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