Plagiarism can be defined in many ways. For example, plagiarism is:
- the act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages there from, and passing the material off as one's own creation.
- The false presentation of someone else's writing as one's own. In the case of copyrighted work, plagiarism is illegal.
- Copying someone else's work and then passing it off as one's own.
- Taking, using, and passing off as your own, the ideas or words or work of another.
- The willful act of presenting another person's work as one's own.
- is using another person's ideas or creative work without giving credit to that person. It includes:
- To plagiarize is to take and use another person's thoughts, writings or inventions as one's own, without acknowledging or giving the source of the ideas and expressions.
- Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work as if it were your own, whether you mean to or not. 'Someone else's work' means anything that is not your own idea, even if it is presented in your own style. It includes material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students or staff, information from the Internet, software programs and other electronic material, designs and ideas. It also includes the organization or structuring of any such material. ...
- The submission by a student of the words, ideas, images, or data of another person as the student's own in any academic writing, essay, thesis, research project, or assignment in a course or program of study.
- A form of cheating by means of the unacknowledged, literal reproduction of ideas and material of other persons in the guise of new and original work. See Policy on Academic Integrity.
- is the passing off as your own, the work of others'. Original sources are not given credit.
- Presenting the words or ideas of someone else as your own without proper acknowledgement of the source.
- A form of cheating in which the work of someone else is offered as one's own. The language or ideas thus taken from another may range from isolated formulae, sentences, or paragraphs, to entire articles copied from printed sources, speeches, software, or the work of other students.
- The theft of ideas or of written passages or works, where these are passed off as one's own work without acknowledgement of their true origin.
- Taking information from another source and passing it off as your own. This may be done by not giving credit for a quote or a passage of information or by deliberately copying a written work or downloading a paper from the Internet.
Despite the varying definitions of plagiarism, they share one thing in common: plagiarism involves using someone's words, thoughts or ideas without giving the original author proper credit.
To avoid plagiarism, one must simply give credit to all their sources. The APA Manual provides very specific guidelines for how this credit should be reported. When in doubt, you should always provide a citation (and corresponding reference) for all information that is not your original thought or idea.
One means of avoiding accidental plagiarism is to correctly define and cite key information. Watch the video "Definition" for a closer look at the role of definitions in the writing process. In addition, view the video "Quotes and Citations" for details on how to correctly cite and reference your work. Scroll down to the selected video titles and click on the VoD icon to view.
For tips on avoiding accidental plagiarism, see: