Types of Plagiarism

Would you ever steal something from your friend’s house? No?! Would you ever consider stealing from a supermarket? No?! Then, how can you even think about stealing someone’s ideas without citing them in a proper way?

Types of Plagiarism

This article is intended to help you learn all types of plagiarism for you to avoid it in the future.

Analyzing plagiarism, we can distinguish the following types of “theft”:

  • Plagiarizing the whole piece of writing. A student takes somebody’s paper and presents it as his/her own. Any plagiarism analyzer will easily detect such violation. This is really the worst case, since a student does it intentionally, completely neglecting all moral values.
  • “Photocopying” some paragraphs. Students find their paper too short or lack some good arguments, so they decide to “borrow” another author’s ideas, which is just as bad as the first case.
  • Mixing different plagiarized sources. Conducting our plagiarism analysis, we have noticed that this is another widespread case, when students are being “creative” and trying to combine different plagiarized sentences into one piece. This will also be detected by a plagiarism analyzer as well.
  • Complete lack of original ideas. When a plagiarism analyzer scans students’ papers, it appears that they do not have a high percentage of plagiarism, but neither have they any of their own ideas. This means that either students do not understand the subject, or they are unable to produce any good ideas on it.
  • Finally, unintentional plagiarism also occurs. Some students hurry so much, that they forget to include such information as the writer’s name, the date of publication, or any other required information. Plagiarism analyzer program will still indicate these minor mistakes, but students might just lose few points for that.

So, keep in mind that all your papers will be scanned by some anti-plagiarism analyzer, so do not take the risk of being severely punished.