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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.

What Is Plagiarism?

The Student Code for Midlands Technical College states:

'Plagiarism' is defined as the appropriation of any other person’s work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own work.     -MTC Student Handbook, Appendix I - Student Code for MTC


According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Plagiarism may be:

  • Deliberate or blatant (intentionally presenting someone else’s work as your own)
  • Accidental (wrongly or unsatisfactorily citing ideas and words from a source)

It may not be possible for your professor to establish whether plagiarized work was deliberate or accidental. In either case, you and your professor are placed in a difficult situation.

(Scribbr, 2020)


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