Types of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the personal property of an author, therefore copying texts or ideas is the same as taking something that does not belong to you, or in other words – stealing. The offence of plagiarism is punishable due to copyright laws that protect originators.

Fixed types of plagiarism

Some plagiarism crimes are committed without stating the name of the original source. For example, people who pretend to have written a piece and do not change a single word. Others copy a large amount of the text and changing some parts in order to conceal their theft. Some plagiarists will take parts of different sources and try to create a text that can appear as an original one. Finally there is the most sophisticated plagiarism type, in this case the plagiarist will combine a large number of sources and merge them into one homogeneous text.

Occasional plagiarism

In other cases the plagiarists will state the source of the material but will fail to either deliver the proper credits to the author or fails to indicate the quoted parts of the text. While this plagiarism type is not as severe, it can occasionally be committed with no prior intention; nevertheless it is treated with the same seriousness. The texts written by a certain author are their intellectual property and no one is allowed either by mistake or by prior intention to treat this property as their own.

Avoiding plagiarism

Those who want to use the internet as a source must use it correctly and be familiar with all types of plagiarism in order to avoid it. It is important to understand the nature of plagiarism, since there are many cases in which people don’t even understand that what they have done was wrong. Read more about avoiding plagiarism. When using the internet, always be aware of how you are using the content without plagiarizing.

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