Common examples of plagiarism:
word for word - no quotation marks: Using a part of another's work word for word, without using quotation marks to show that it is someone else's work. This is plagiarism even if there is a citation. While the source is cited it is not clear that the sentence is not your own words. Paraphrasing or using quotation marks avoids plagiarism in this case.
word for word - no citation: Copying another's work exactly without citing the source, even if it is in quotation marks. For example, including a quote from a source in quotation marks tells the reader it may not be your original work, but a citation needs to be included to tell people whose work it is.
paraphrasing - no citation: When you paraphrase a source (restate someone else's ideas in your own words), it must be properly cited to avoid plagiarism. Refer to the style guide requested by your instructor (usually APA or MLA) for how to cite correctly.
paraphrasing - find and replace: Changing one or two words from the original source, or using a thesaurus to substitute some of the words without significantly changing the writing style, even if the source is cited. Paraphrasing should keep the major ideas of the source, but said in your own words, and must include a citation.
self-plagiarism: Using your own previous work, and presenting it as new work. This may include submitting a paper used for one class, in a different class without major changes or indicating its origin.
group (collusion): Copying another person’s work or having another person do the work for you, then presenting it as your own. Or allowing another to copy your work, then having that person present the work as their own. Or where two or more persons collaborate on a project together without official approval and each submit all or part of the work as their own individual original work. Be careful you don’t get too much ‘help’ from others.
patch working: Writing consisting mostly of others’ ideas, with few original thoughts or ideas. Even if those ideas are properly cited it can be plagiarism if you don't include your own thoughts or ideas.
*NEW!* What is Plagiarism? (Translated in Punjabi)
Translated by Satinderpal Kahlon and validated by Harsimrat Kaur.
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This quiz is based on the University of Guelph's academic integrity quiz.
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