What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is to present, as one's own, the work, writing, words, ideas, opinions, or computer information of someone else or make use of the following:

  • Part or all of a spoken, or computer generated assignment copied or accessed from another person's work
  • Part or all of an assignment copied, paraphrased, or accessed from a book, magazine, pamphlet, newspaper, computer disk, or mainframe account without given a correct reference or citing the source
  • Ideas or others' materials without citing a correct reference or the source (class lectures, movies, speeches, interviews, handouts)
  • Others' visual materials like diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or any other type of graphic information that is not considered common knowledge

Students can be an accomplice of plagiarism and equally liable if they:

  • Allow access to their computer accounts, disks, writings, ideas, or other types of work to be copied and submitted as the work of someone else.
  • Prepare an assignment for another student and permit it to be submitted as the other student's work.
  • Contribute to a file of essays and allow for them to be copied and submitted as other's work.
  • Incur in unintentional plagiarism for ignoring citation standards or careless note-taking.

Adapted from Michigan State Publications, 1987

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