What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the technical term for stealing someone else's intellectual property (words or thoughts).
Plagiarism is derived from the Latin word plagiarius meaning "kidnapper."
Plagiarism “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source.”
Plagiarism. (2010). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.Retrieved January 12, 2011, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarism
Kaavya Viswanathan was 19 year old freshman at Harvard when she published a book in April 2006 titled How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life. The book was hugely popular; however, it soon became apparent that parts of the book were plagiarized from other best selling "chick lit" books. Bookstores pulled the book from the shelves on April 27,2006. In the end, there were more than 40 identified plagiarized passages.
Type 1: Copy and Paste Plagiarism or Direct Plagiarism
When you copy a sentence, phrase, or paragraph word for word, but do not quote your source.
Type 2: Word Switch Plagiarism
When you rephrase a person's work and insert it into your own work without acknowledging its original source. If you take a sentence from a source and change a few words without acknowledging your source, it is still plagiarism.
This is not paraphrasing. For information on how to correctly paraphrase, see When To Cite.
Type 3: Mosaic or Blending Plagiarism
When you: mix words or ideas from an unacknowledged source in with your own words or ideas; mix together uncited words and ideas from several sources into a single work; or mix together properly cited uses of a source with uncited uses.
Type 4: Insufficient Acknowledgement
When you correctly cite your source once, but continue to use the author's work with out giving additional proper citation.
Type 5: Self-Plagiarism
When you use a paper or assignment completed for one class to satisfy the assignment for a different class. Even if you modify a previous paper or assignment, you must get permission from your professor/ instructor and correctly cite your previous paper.
How your professors/ instructors WILL catch you:
University of Nebraska Medical Center Plagiarism LibGuide
Anderson University professors/ instructors have access to this anti-plagiarism software.