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Definition of plagiarism and ways to avoid it

What is plagiarism?

"The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft."

Source: Oxford English Dictionary


"The University defines plagiarism as intentionally representing the words, ideas, or data of another as one’s own in any academic exercise without providing proper citation."

Source: Academic Integrity Policy
Northeastern University Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR)

Examples of plagiarism

  • Buying a term paper
  • Having someone else write the paper for you
  • Copying a few words or paragraph without quotation
  • Rephrasing another person's work and inserting into your work without citing the original source
  • Rephrasing another person's work and acknowledging it the first time, but continuing to use the author's words without giving additional credit or citation
  • Turning in work as your own, when it was done jointly by a group in which you may have participated--check with your instructor, is it acceptable to do the work in a group?
  • Turning in work done by you, but for another class without documenting it had been used before
  • Creating phony citations

Have questions? Please check with your professor to make sure you haven't plagiarized unintentionally or violated NU academic integrity policies.

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