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Definition of Plagiarize
"To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source." -- Merriam-Webster
Types of plagiarism:
Directly quoting other people's words from online or printed sources without acknowledgement (you also need to acknowledge using images, tables, graphs, statistics, videos, music, formulae, laboratory data)
Paraphrasing or summarizing someone else’s thoughts or ideas without crediting and citing your source (even using someone else’s ideas and rewriting it in your own words needs to be referenced)
Careless or incomplete citing of your source
Insufficient acknowledgement - if you acknowledge the author's work the first time but continue to use the author's words without additional attribution
Copying or buying an essay and handing it in as your own work
Falsely creating a reference that doesn't exist
Presenting another person's research data as your own
Collusion - presenting an assignment as your own independent work when it has been produced in whole or part with other people (for example another, collaborator, student or tutor).
Plagiarism may be:
Deliberate (eg. buying an essay and submitting it as your own work)
Accidental (eg. incorrectly referencing the work of others because of carelessness or lack of academic skills)
The consequences for plagiarism apply even for unintentional plagiarism.
Read the section on Plagiarism in the UT Health Academic Dishonesty Policy for more details.
The writing style and language are above the level at which the student usually writes.
The student uses jargon or specialized terminology that is inconsistent with the student’s level of knowledge.
The quality of writing is inconsistent. The beginning and ending of the paper is deficient, but the rest of the paper is well written.
The paper contains references to citations that are not included in the reference list.
The reference list is inaccurate or incomplete.
Useful site for instructors and students to prevent the spread of internet plagiarism. UT Health does not subscribe to Turnitin.
iThenticate claims to be "the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research departments to ensure the originality of written work before publication. iThenticate helps editors, authors and researchers prevent misconduct by comparing manuscripts against its database of over 32 billion web pages and 125 million content items. iThenticate is developed by Turnitin, the leader in plagiarism and originality checking for educational institutions worldwide."
[From University of Nebraska Medical Center LibGuide on Plagiarism]