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Achieving Academic Honesty: Avoiding Plagiarism: Understanding
plagiarism

This guide helps students learn proper citation format for resources according to various style guides.

What is plagiarism?

Intentional Plagiarism

Intentional plagiarism often takes the form of activities like purchasing assignments online or having a friend write an assignment for you (or using a friend's old assignment and pretending it's yours). These are the kinds of activities that most students associate with academic dishonesty and plagiarism. In short: it's cheating.

Unintentional Plagiarism

Unintentional plagiarism may be more difficult for students to identify because it is not as blatant as intentional plagiarism. Unintentional plagiarism can take the form of copying and pasting, word change, and remix. See below for examples from the Understanding Plagiarism: Maintaining Academic Honesty PowerPoint presentation by the AUM Learning Center.

from Understanding Plagiarism: Maintaining Academic Honesty,
PowerPoint presentation by the AUM Learning Center

Copy & Paste Plagiarism

from Understanding Plagiarism: 
Maintaining Academic Honesty,
PowerPoint presentation by the AUM Learning Center

from Understanding Plagiarism: 
​Maintaining Academic Honesty,

PowerPoint presentation by the AUM Learning Center

Word Change Plagiarism

from Understanding Plagiarism: 
Maintaining Academic Honesty,
PowerPoint presentation by the AUM Learning Center

from Understanding Plagiarism: 
​Maintaining Academic Honesty,

PowerPoint presentation by the AUM Learning Center

Test your knowledge

Remix Plagiarism

from Understanding Plagiarism: 
Maintaining Academic Honesty,
PowerPoint presentation by the AUM Learning Center

from Understanding Plagiarism: 
​Maintaining Academic Honesty,

PowerPoint presentation by the AUM Learning Center