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Plagiarism: Sharing or Stealing Information  

An overview of the topic with suggested resources for further study. Plagiarism is considered mainly from the academic perspective. Provides a cross-cultural perspective with international examples.
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is Plagiarism?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, plagiarism is the act of "taking someone else‘s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own."  Commonly referred to as stealing or copying, plagiarism is a serious offense, often resulting in severe consequences.

Many people are quick to make the connection between students and plagiarism, but in fact, it can be found outside of academia as well. Some of the fields most affected by plagiarism include:

  • Art
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Pop Culture/Television

For the purposes of this guide, the topic will be approached from an academic standpoint, with a few outside references for further study.


Plagiarism in the News!

Below are a few links to plagiarism in the news. On a daily basis, you'll see just how often this important topic emerges in our society and around the world!

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Plagiarism Video

There are a lot of videos on the Internet about plagiarism. This video highlights the fact that plagiarism is comprised of multiple components; it's not just copying and pasting from Wikipedia! Watch this short video for examples of different types of plagiarism.

Source: YouTube video -  "Own Your Education - Plagiarism"  

Introductory Links: Plagiarism

  • "Plagiarism: Your Writing, Not Someone Else's "
    Provided by the Michael G. Foster Business School's Writing Center, this 9-minute YouTube video gives a humorous but informative introduction to the topic of plagiarism.
  • A Statement from the WPA
    A brief guide to plagiarism by the Council of Writing Program Administrators.
  • Open Colleges - Plagiarism
    Plagiarism resources, checkers, definitions and more targeted to the education community. Author: Andrianes Pinatoan
  • Types of Plagiarism
    Various monikers for different types of plagiarists. is a good introductory site for information on this topic.

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