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Avoiding Plagiarism

Need help avoiding plagiarism? Learn what plagiarism is, common plagiarism issues, and tutorials to help you avoid plagiarizing!

What is Plagiarism?

 Plagiarism is: "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own". Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

What would be considered plagiarism?

  • submitting another's work as your own
  • taking someone else's words or ideas without citing them
  • not indicating a direct quotation 
  • providing erroneous citation information
  • improper summarizing or paraphrasing (e.g. not putting the ideas in your own words!)

Plagiarism & You

NEOMED has a Student Honor Code, which includes the following Principle of Professional Behavior:

The student will not:
  1. plagiarize or present the work of another as their own work, or participate in plagiarism by preparing a writing with the knowledge that it is to be used by another as representing that person’s own work;

Penalties will range from remediation to expulsion.

The full Student Honor Code may be found at http://www.neomed.edu/sa/professionalism/honor-code/

Types of Plagiarism

There are different types of plagiarism: intentional, unintentional, and self-plagiarism. 

Intentional plagiarism is self-explanatory: text is directly copied into a paper without attribution.

Unintentional plagiarism is the majority of plagiarism cases. This involves:

  • forgetting to cite a quotation 
  • failure to mark a quotation as a direct quote 
  • improperly summarizing or paraphrasing content 
  • improperly citing a resource

These are not the only ways one can unintentionally plagiarize, but they are the most common.

There's also self-plagiarism, which is using a work written for one class and turning it in for credit in another class. It's self-plagiarizing even if some edits have changed. Always speak to your professor if you want to use a project from one class as a "stepping-stone" for another project!

Types of Plagiarism Infographic

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