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How to Recognize Plagiarism

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The student version is:

Word-for-word plagiarism if it

  1. borrows ideas from the original source material,
  2. takes seven or more words in sequence from the original source material,
  3. lacks
    • quotation marks surrounding the words taken,
    • the bibliographic reference,
    • 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.

Paraphrasing plagiarism if it

  1. borrows ideas from the original source material,
  2. does not contain seven or more words in sequence taken from the original source material,
  3. lacks
    • the bibliographic reference,
    • the in-text citation with author name(s) and date (specific locator is not required).

Word-for-word plagiarism if it contains both

  1. paraphrasing plagiarism, and
  2. word-for-word plagiarism.

Sneaky plagiarism if

  1. one part contains correct acknowledgement for a quotation or paraphrase, but another part contains:
    • paraphrasing plagiarism, or
    • word-for-word plagiarism,

    then it is nonetheless plagiarism, because part of the student version is plagiarized. You must still determine type of plagiarism according to above criteria. For more, see patterns of plagiarism.

Not plagiarism if it contains no

  1. word-for-word plagiarism,
  2. paraphrasing plagiarism,
  3. other form of plagiarism, such as borrowing illustrative material without acknowledging the source (e.g., photos, drawings, diagrams, etc.).