What is Plagiarism?

Types of Plagiarism

Some of the most common types of plagiarism include:

  • Turning in someone else's work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • Failing to put a quote 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 the work, whether you give credit or not
  • Buying a term paper off the Internet
  • Quoting an instructor's lecture
  • Using one's own work also called "self-plagiarism"

Video Resources

Diagnosis: Plagiarism - Part 1 and Diagnosis: Plagiarism - Part 2
These humorous videos from Yavapai College are fun to watch and very instructive.

What is Self-Plagiarism?

"Also known as 'Recycling Fraud', self plagiarism is the reuse of significant, identical, or nearly identical portions of one's own work without acknowledging that one is doing so or without citing the original work."

Dellavalle, Robert P.; Banks, Marcus A.; Ellis, Jeffrey I. (September 2007). "Frequently asked questions regarding self-plagiarism: How to avoid recycling fraud". Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 57 (3): 527. 

Video Resource

Self Plagiarism
From the Rock Ethic Institute's Academic Integrity Vignette Series, this short video raises the issue about reusing your own papers.