The Most Common Forms of Student Plagiarism

Writing papers for school can sometimes be a tedious task. Between the reading, researching, and sometimes needing to come up with your own opinion, finding the right words to write -see what I did there- can be somewhat difficult. When you accidentally forget the necessary requirements of quoting and citing your sources, you may find yourself guilty of committing plagiarism. Let’s take a look at the most common types of student plagiarism.

  1.   Direct Plagiarism- This is the most obvious form of plagiarism, as it makes it easy to identify the writing is not your own. If you copy word for word and do not use quotation marks, it immediately raises a red flag for your teacher to be considered direct plagiarism.
  2. Mosaic Plagiarism- This is when the writer takes passages from a source and doesn’t use quotation marks. It can also be replacing words for synonyms to appear as your own kind of writing. It is important to remember to include the quotation marks even if it is a paraphrase as this indicates the source you used.
  3. Self Plagiarism- While it may not sound like plagiarism, using your previous work in a new piece of writing without permission is considered plagiarism. This includes papers from previous years, different courses, and even different schools (ie high school compared to college courses).

These are some of the common forms of plagiarism that your teachers are automatically on the lookout for. Before you finish your paper, it’s always a smart idea to scan for plagiarism in your own work to be positive you cited your sources correctly, with Copyleaks.


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