Plagiarism is a type of cheating that involves the use of another person's ideas, words, design, art, music, etc., as one's own in whole or in part without acknowledging the author or obtaining his or her permission. Plagiarism is not just restricted to written text, but is applicable to other works such as ideas, design, art, and music.

Types of Plagiarism

Plagiarism can occur in many ways:

  • Direct plagiarism
  • Direct "patchwork" plagiarism
  • Insufficient citation of partial quotations
  • Paraphrasing (or summarizing) without citing sources
  • Insufficient citation of paraphrase (or summary)
  • Plagiarism of graphs, charts, figures, or images
  • Misinterpretation of material as "common knowledge"