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Identifying & Avoiding Plagiarism: What is Plagiarism

Information pertinent to plagiarism prevention.

Types of Plagiarism

Note: The following types of plagiarism are quoted from the Quick Guide to Plagiarism video found on this page.

  1. 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.]
  2. Ghost Writer- The writer turns in another’s work, word-for-word, as his or her own.
  3. Photocopy- The writer copies significant portions of text straight from a single source, without alteration.
  4. 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.]
  5. 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.