"taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own"
"Most current discussions of plagiarism fail to distinguish between:
Such discussions confuse plagiarism with the misuse of sources." For the student: it is better to be marked down for inadequate citations than to be accused of cheating. Citing incorrectly is better than not citing at all.
• Click below to view Otterbein's Judicial Policies and check the Plagiarism, Cheating, and Dishonesty section. There are serious consequences for these acts.
• Here are some example consequences of plagiarism in the real world.
Examples of Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing
Type 1: Copy and Paste Plagiarism or Direct Plagiarism
When you copy a sentence, phrase, or paragraph word for word, but do not quote your source.
Type 2: Word Switch Plagiarism
When you rephrase a person's work and insert it into your own work without acknowledging its original source. If you take a sentence from a source and change a few words without acknowledging your source, it is still plagiarism.
This is not paraphrasing. For information on how to correctly paraphrase, see When To Cite.
Type 3: Mosaic or Blending Plagiarism
When you: mix words or ideas from an unacknowledged source in with your own words or ideas; mix together uncited words and ideas from several sources into a single work; or mix together properly cited uses of a source with uncited uses.
Type 4: Insufficient Acknowledgement
When you correctly cite your source once, but continue to use the author's work with out giving additional proper citation.
Type 5: Self-Plagiarism
When you use a paper or assignment completed for one class to satisfy the assignment for a different class. Even if you modify a previous paper or assignment, you must get permission from your professor/ instructor and correctly cite your previous paper.