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Academic Integrity

A guide to help students understand academic integrity and avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism

(Source: Cape Fear Community College)

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's idea(s) or creative work(s) (e.g., writing, artwork, computer program, etc.) without properly giving them credit. It is the most common type of scholastic dishonesty.

Examples:
  • Proposing another person's idea(s) as your own.
  • Using the exact text from a book, journal, magazine, or website without giving credit to the source.
  • Using a slightly altered version of the text from a book, journal, magazine, or website without giving credit to the source.
  • Using data from a book, journal, magazine, or website without giving credit to the source.
  • Using fabricated or incorrect citations.
  • Submitting someone else's paper, assignment, project, or presentation as your own.
  • Using artwork or music without giving credit to the source and/or receiving permission.
  • Using an online translator to complete a foreign language paper, assignment, project, or presentation.

     

Types of Plagiarism

Types of Plagiarism

Plagiarism comes in many forms and can be either intentional or unintentional.


Complete Plagiarism

Submitting the work of someone else (e.g., another student's paper) as your own.

Direct Plagiarism

Using parts of someone else's work without quotation marks and/or citing the source. Also known as "verbatim copying" or "word-for-word plagiarism".

Paraphrased Plagiarism

Restating parts of someone else's work without citing the source.

Mosaic Plagiarism

Joining together parts of and/or ideas from several people's works without properly paraphrasing, using quotations, and/or citing the sources. Also known as "patch writing".

Accidental Plagiarism

Unintentionally neglecting to cite sources, misattributing sources, misquoting, or paraphrasing using too similar wording. Often the result of carelessness or a lack of understanding how to properly cite.

Self-Plagiarism

Submitting a paper of yours that was previously submitted in a difference class or using parts of a previously submitted paper of yours without proper citations.

Did I Plagiarize? (Infographic)

(Source: Visually)