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Digital Citizenship & Avoiding Plagiarism

This course material covers plagiarism concerns and is accompanied by a paper quiz on the content.

Definition of Plagiarism


According to the Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language, the word "plagiarism" is from the Latin word plagiarius, which means "literary thief," and is defined as "The appropriation of someone's artistic, musical, or literary work for personal ends."  Therefore, if something you write does not come from your own general knowledge, a citation is required to avoid plagiarism. You must give credit to the author for their opinions or ideas.  

The most common forms of plagiarism include:

  1. Cutting and pasting small or large portions of other people's work and presenting it as their own work.
  2. Paying someone else to write your paper.
  3. Paraphrasing other people's work without citing the original.
  4. Reusing own work that you have already got credit for.

Photo Reference: Newbold, Curtis (2016, Aug 31). The Thirteen Types of Plagiarism in Order of Severity. The Visual Communication Guy Blog.