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What is Plagiarism? Additional Resources


Plagiarism Defined

Plagiarism, like all words, is defined differently everywhere! Here are a few definitions, both academic and nonacademic, to get you started thinking about what plagiarism means.

Dictionary: an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author.

            Source: Plagairism. (n.d.). In Retrieved from

Handbook for Detering Plagiarism in Higher Education: Plagiarism is the fraudulent misrepresentation of any part of another person's work as one's own, whether that's done intentionally or unintentionally. 

Source: Carroll, Jude. A Handbook for Detering Plagiarism in Higher Education. Oxford, England: Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, 2002. Print.

Another good definition:

  • 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 thef
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

  Source: (n.d.). What is plagiarism? Retrieved from 


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