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Plagiarism: Plagiarism Defined

This guide explores plagiarism and academic honesty at MCC.

Plagiarism Definition

Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own

From The Oxford Dictionary

Types of Plagiarism

Plagiarism can be both intentional and unintentional.

Intentional plagiarism can include:

  • Purchasing a paper and turning it in as your own
  • Hiring another person to write your paper
  • Cutting and pasting from another work without citing
  • Copying verbatim
  • Reusing a paper from another class
  • Making minor changes to the wording of someone else's ideas without citing
  • Stringing together quotes without connecting the ideas with your own original work

Unintentional, or accidental, plagiarism occurs when using the words or ideas of others and failing to quote or give credit, perhaps because of a lack of knowledge about proper citation.

This can include:

  • Paraphrasing poorly
  • Quoting without properly using quotation marks and citations
  • Forgetting citations or citing inaccurately