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Plagiarism: What is Plagiarism?

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.






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.

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Smitha Sumod
Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi