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Plagiarism: Why it matters by Kathryn McCaskill

In academic research (and life in general) it is important and necessary to always Cite Your Sources. People need to know where the information/thoughts/ideas you are discussing came from. 

Brief Overview of Plagiarism

For additional information on plagiarism please view the slide presentation located on this page

Types of Plagiarism

  • Complete or Global Plagiarism
    • Buying, borrowing, or stealing content and turning it in as your own work
  • Direct or Verbatim Plagiarism
    • Copying passages or sections from a source and not providing the proper citation/credit
  • Paraphrasing Plagiarism
    • Using someone else's ideas/thoughts and failing to credit the original source/author
  • Source-Based Plagiarism
    • Misrepresenting sources. Using quotes/thoughts/ideas from Source A and citing Source B instead
      • This one is common when a student is rushing to complete an assignment
      • To avoid this type of plagiarism it is important to be organized with your research and sources
  • Self-Plagiarism
    • Re-using or recycling material you created for one assignment for another
      • BlackBoard has software that can tell when an assignment (or part of an assignment) is being reused in a different class


Committing plagiarism can result in serious academic consequences including 

  • A zero in the assignment, test, or exam
  • zero in the course 
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

More Information

To learn more about plagiarism and academic dishonesty, and how to avoid committing either please visit