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Definition of Plagiarism


Plagiarism is defined as the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were one's own, without giving credit to the source. Such an act is not plagiarism if it is ascertained that the ideas were arrived at through independent reasoning or logic or where the thought or idea is common knowledge. Acknowledge of an original author or source must be made through appropriate references, i.e., quotation marks, footnotes, or commentary. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following: the submission of a work, either in part or in whole, completed by another; failure to give credit for ideas, statements, facts or conclusions which rightfully belong to another; in written work, failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or even a part thereof; or close and lengthy paraphrasing of another's writing or programming. A student who is in doubt about the extent of acceptable paraphrasing should consult the instructor. Students are cautioned that, in conducting their research, they should prepare their notes by (a) either quoting material exactly (using quotation marks) at the time they take notes from a source; or (b) departing completely from the language used in the source, putting the material into their own words. In this way, when the material is used in the paper or project, the student can avoid plagiarism resulting from verbatim use of notes. Both quoted and paraphrased materials must be given proper citations.

Detection Resources


  • Google : Enter unique phrases from the term paper in question

  • Turnitin.com
  • IThenticate :compares submission to material in repositories, from global publishers and syndicators, and more
  • SafeAssign owned by Blackboard and free to campuses using Blackboard course management software
  • Plagiarism.com eliminates every fifth word in student paper; student re-supplies; error rate and time used to arrive at likelihood plagiarism occurred
  • Copyscape checks to see if a website has been plagiarized.
  • SeeSources matches up whole text passages.

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