Examples of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a type of cheating that involves the use of another person's ideas, words, design, art, music, etc., as one's own in whole or in part without acknowledging the author or obtaining his or her permission. Plagiarism is not just restricted to written text, but is applicable to other works such as ideas, design, art, and music. See examples of the common types of plagiarism below.


Copying another writer's work with no attempt to acknowledge that the material was found in an external source

Direct "Patchwork"

Copying material from several writers & rearranging with citation

Insufficient Citation
of Quotes

Incorporating another writer's words or phrases within a larger paraphrase, without quotation marks or citation

without Citing

Changing the words of an original source, but uses the ideas without citing

Insufficient Citation
of Paraphrase

Changing the words of an original source & using the author's ideas with attempts to acknowledge the material's source(s), but without correctly citing

in Graphs

Using graphs, charts, figures, or images from a source without citing

Misrepresentation of
Common Knowledge

Failing to cite, believing info is "common knowledge"