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Identifying & Avoiding Plagiarism: What is Plagiarism
Note: The following types of plagiarism are quoted from the Quick Guide to Plagiarism video found on this page.
Denny’s Sampler- The writer tries to disguise plagiarism by copying from several different sources, tweaking the sentences to make them fit together while retaining most of the original phrasing. [For the purposes of this workshop, we will use the term "copy and paste" plagiarism for this type.]
Ghost Writer- The writer turns in another’s work, word-for-word, as his or her own.
Photocopy- The writer copies significant portions of text straight from a single source, without alteration.
Remix- Although the writer has retained the essential content of the source, he or she has altered the paper’s appearance slightly by changing key words and phrases. [For the purposes of this workshop, we will use the term "word switch" plagiarism for this type.]
Misinformer- The writer provides inaccurate information regarding the sources, making it impossible to find them.
Examples from the video.
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
Turning in someone’s work as your own.
Failing to put quotation in quotation marks.
Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit.
Giving incorrect information about the source of the quotation.
Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit.
One additional type of plagiarism is self-plagiarism. This is when the writer uses a previous assignment or essay they created for a new assignment.
Guide to Plagiarism
This video is used with permission from David Hardin, Cape Fear Community College Public Information Officer. Cape Fear Community College created the video.