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Academic Integrity: Plagiarism

On Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when someone uses words, ideas, or work products:

  1. Attributable to another identifiable person or source;
  2. Without attributing the work to the source from which it was obtained;
  3. In a situation in which there is a legitimate expectation of original authorship; and
  4. In order to obtain some benefit, credit, or gain which need not be monetary.

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What is considered plagiarism?

  • Turning in someone else's work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

As for multimedia, the following all count as plagiarism:

  • Copying media (especially images) from other websites to paste them into our own papers or websites
  • Making a video using footage from others' videos or using copyrighted music as part of the soundtrack
  • Performing another person's copyrighted music
  • Composing a piece of music that borrows heavily from another composition

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