What Can Be Considered Plagiarism?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

When it comes to academic dishonesty and plagiarism, there are various types of plagiarism, all of which have serious violations associated with them. By understanding the types of plagiarism, you can better how to avoid participating in this fraudulent activity. All plagiarism has one thing in common: taking someone else's work and pretending that it someone's original ideas. While there are many ways to do this, all of them are ethically wrong and dishonest.

Types of Plagiarism

One of the most common types of plagiarism is direct plagiarism. This plagiarism type is a word-for-word copied section of someone else's work without any quotation marks or citations. This deliberate copying is academically dishonest and can lead to disciplinary actions including expulsion at many high schools, colleges, and universities across America. Another type is known as mosaic plagiarism where someone borrows phrases from a source without finding synonyms for the original words or without using quotation marks. This is called path writing, a form of paraphrasing, that whether it is intentional or not can still be punishable. This can occur even with the proper footnote.

Self-plagiarism occurs when someone submits their previous work or mixes portions of past works without permission from the instruction of the course. In most cases, both professors should give permission for this act. By passing off previously-written work as new, original work that hasn't been published, you're being dishonest. Copy and paste plagiarism is when someone copies and pastes different texts together to create something new. This often includes rewording some of the material while keeping the same structure. Oftentimes, plagiarism scanners catch this type of plagiarism the easiest.

Lastly, accidental plagiarism is when someone fails to cite their sources or misquotes them in some way. This makes it increasingly important for students to learn how to properly cite and to take great care when taking notes for assignments. These accidental plagiarism cases are taken just as seriously as other types of plagiarism too.

Hire a Student Defense Attorney to Represent You

If you or your child has been accused of plagiarism, it's time to hire expert legal counsel to represent you in all disciplinary hearings. A student criminal defense attorney such as Joseph D. Lento has years of experience representing clients who are accused of academic dishonesty in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide. In order to learn more about his services and to ask any questions you have about the future process ahead of you, contact him at his office today. Plagiarism can lead to serious consequences and without the help of a professional lawyer by your side, your chances of beating your situation (even if it was just an honest mistake) is slim. Call to speak to him today!

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