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Preventing Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty Tutorial

A guide to define and identify plagiarism and its consequences and teach the concept of academic integrity.

Types of Plagiarism

We now have a general idea about what plagiarism is and that it is wrong. Let's further clarify exactly what plagiarism is by exploring some examples. Truly understanding plagiarism is key in avoiding it. Types of plagiarism include:

  • Submitting Another Person's Writing
  • Submitting a Paper You Have Already Written (Self-plagiarism)
  • Paying Another to Write Your Paper
  • "Patchwriting" or Copying Phrases from Various Sources
  • Not Using Quotation Marks Around Quoted Material
  • Failing to Cite Sources
  • Copying a Picture or Other Media File

(Excelsior OWL, 2020)

The Plagiarism Spectrum 2.0

The Plagiarism Spectrum 2.0 from Turnitin identifies 12 types of plagiarism based on findings from a worldwide survey of nearly 900 secondary and higher education instructors. Each type has been given an easy-to-remember moniker to help students and instructors better identify and discuss the ramifications of plagiarism in student writing. Explore the difference types of plagiarism in the graphic below.


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