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6.1 How is plagiarism committed?

Plagiarism is committed whenever you do not acknowledge the sources of information you used in your research correctly. Plagiarism can be deliberate or accidental.

Examples of deliberate plagiarism include:

  • Getting someone to write your research or assignment for you.
  • Stealing another person's research.
  • Buying someone else's research.
  • Deliberately copying sections of another person's work without acknowledging the source.
  • Deliberately paraphrasing another person's work without acknowledging the source.


Examples of accidental plagiarism include:

  • Forgetting to put quotation marks around an exact quote from another person's work.
  • Failing to paraphrase correctly by not interpreting a passage in your own words while retaining the original meaning.
  • Forgetting to enter citations after paraphrasing.
  • Incorrectly referencing sources of information.
  • Using too many exact quotes from sources, even if you have referenced the source. This is considered to be a type of plagiarism, as you have not contributed enough of your own words.


To avoid plagiarism, you need to acknowledge any source of information that is not common knowledge or is not from your own personal experience, knowledge or thoughts.


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