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Plagiarism: What is Plagiarism?






verb  | pla·gia·rize | \ˈplā-jə-ˌrīz also -jē-ə-\

According to the  MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE DICTIONARY, to "plagiarize" means

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

Types of Plagiarism

What all can be Plagiarism?


  • copying part of a text word by word while not  citing its source
  • inserting a citation without quotation marks 
  • using images, tables, etc. within your own work without citing their authors and sources
  • translating a text without mentioning its source
  • using the content of a lecture without the lecturer’s prior permission
  • passing off  the content of a text as your own , for which use you have the author’s prior consent
  • inserting content found or bought online without mentioning its source



Self-plagiarism means reusing samples of your own content and insert them in a new document. Even though you are the author, you must provide the source of the samples you are reusing in the new document in such cases.

Plagiarism generally involves using other people’s words or ideas without proper citation, but you can also plagiarize yourself.

Self-plagiarism means reusing work that you have already published or submitted for a class. It can involve re-submitting an entire paper, copying or paraphrasing passages from your previous work, or recycling old data.

Self-plagiarism misleads your readers by presenting old work as completely new and original. If you want to include any text, ideas, or data that already appeared in a previous paper, you should always inform the reader of this by citing your own work.

Understanding Plagiarism

Understanding plagiarism

Plagiarism means presenting someone else’s work as your own. In academic writing, plagiarizing involves using words, ideas, or information from a source without including a proper citation.

Plagiarism can have serious consequences for students and researchers, even when it’s done accidentally. To avoid plagiarism, it’s important to keep track of your sources and cite them correctly.


Table of contents

  1. Why does plagiarism matter?

  2. Types of plagiarism

  3. Avoiding plagiarism

  4. How is plagiarism detected?

  5. Free lecture slides

  6. Frequently asked questions about plagiarism


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Smitha Sumod
Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi