What is Plagiarism?
Both teachers and students are aware that writing from a source is not an easy task. As a result, plagiarism is most likely to occur in this type of writing assignment. However, being aware of what is considered plagiarism can help you avoid this situation.
In this section, you will learn to identify:
Forms of Plagiarism
Plagiarism takes many shapes and forms. A recent publication, Doing Research: The Complete Research Paper Guide, listed these examples of plagiarism.
Plagiarism can take many forms in college writing—anything from “borrowing” a paper to incorrectly documenting sources. But, because writing from sources is so difficult, plagiarism most often occurs in this type of writing assignment. Students may pick up too many of the writer’s phrases. As a rule of thumb, five of the writer’s words in a row constitute plagiarism of another persons ’s words. Students may also fail to give the writer’s ideas the credit they are due. We often think of plagiarism as copying another person’s words, but presentation of another’s ideas without acknowledgement is plagiarism as well. Click on Forms of Plagiarism to learn why accidental and intentional plagiarism occur.
Created by: Marilyn Bauer and Jacie Moriyama for Leeward Community College