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The student version is:

Word-for-word plagiarism if it

    1. borrows ideas from the original source material, and
    2. takes seven or more words in sequence from the original source material, and
    3. lacks any of the following:
      • quotation marks surrounding the words taken, or
      • the full in-text citation with author name(s), the date, and must include the specific location within the source (e.g., page number or other locator) where the words are taken from, or
      • the bibliographic reference.

Paraphrasing plagiarism if it

    1. borrows ideas from the original source material, and
    2. is not word-for-word plagiarism, and
    3. lacks any of the following:
      • the in-text citation with author name(s) and date (specific locator is not required), or
      • the bibliographic reference.

Not plagiarism if it contains

    1. no word-for-word plagiarism, and
    2. no paraphrasing plagiarism, and
    3. no other form of plagiarism, such as borrowing illustrative material without acknowledging the source (e.g., photos, drawings, diagrams, etc.).

See also:

  • Indiana University criteria: alternative representation for determining plagiarism (decision table).
  • An exemplary paper: that avoids plagiarism, with color coding of key elements for proper quotations, paraphrasing, citations, and references (in APA Style).
  • Patterns of plagiarism: 15 patterns of plagiarism + 3 patterns of non-plagiarism.