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Examples of Plagiarism

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    Of the few forms of academic misconduct, Plagiarism is the most prominent one. We have already read about the most common types of Plagiarism and the different ways to ensure that your document is completely authentic. Also, you should have read about the three most serious academic misconducts, namely, self-plagiarism, collusion and, Contract Cheating. They have been present for a long time now, but not everybody (referring to the teachers and professors) knew that these academic offenses also exist. When you use an author’s words or ideas, it is important to acknowledge that your text contains a borrowed content. Failing to accept it will result in automatic plagiarism. Below, you will see pictures which display the different types of Plagiarism. These examples will help you understand it in a better way.

    Example 1: Take a look at box 2 in the above picture. There is an argument ­­­picked from a source and the source is also cited properly. But the writer did not use quotation marks to identify that the argument belongs to someone else. Hence, this is entirely plagiarised. Read more about Citation and Quotation in the previous blog.

    Example 2: The third box contains an argument that was stolen from another author. This can be easily identified as the writer did not use quotation marks, neither did he cite the source. Students either forget to do this or they do it intentionally, thinking, that they can deceive the readers.

    Example 3: Box 4 shows a rephrased textual content but without a source. Paraphrasing is one of the ways to avoid plagiarism but you need to add the source as well.

    Example 4: Now take a look at the Green Box. The writer has used another author’s idea. But here, he also put proper quotation marks and even cited the source. This is a perfect example of a non-plagiarised content.

    The above examples show how a student falls in the vanity of Plagiarism, both by the means of intentions and also, mistakes.

    There are reasons why that happens, and you will read about them in the next blog. So, to conclude, let us go through a number of academic malpractices that students indulge in:

    1. Using exact textual content from a source such as an online journal, without providing credit to its owner.
    2. Copying and pasting parts of content from your previous work into your latest or new documents.
    3. Re-submitting a complete assignment.
    4. Giving incorrect or incomplete information about the source in your work.
    5. Choosing phrases from many sources and combining them to form a textual paragraph.
    6. Deceiving teachers with irrelevant content.

    Can you think of more?