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What is Plagiarism?

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is representing someone else's ideas, writing or other intellectual property as your own, and is another form of academic dishonesty.

Any use of the work of others, whether published, unpublished or posted electronically (e.g., on web sites), attributed or anonymous, must include proper acknowledgement.

You can find full definitions of plagiarism and other forms of conduct that are regarded as serious academic offences in York's Senate Policy on Academic Honesty.

Common Types of Plagiarism

Plagiarism can take many forms. Some of the most common types of plagiarism include1:

  • Downloading or buying research papers (Downloading a free paper from a web site or paying to download a paper and submitting it as your own work)
  • Copying and Pasting (copying and pasting portions of text from online journal articles or websites without proper citation)
  • Copying or submitting someone else′s work (copying a paper/lab report/formula/design/computer code/music/choreography/assignment etc. and submitting it as your own work)

1 Harris, R. A. (2002). The plagiarism handbook: Strategies for preventing, detecting, and dealing with plagiarism.
Los Angeles: Pyrczak Publishing, p. 13.

Important: You must use York′s standards when submitting your work even if you were taught to document your sources differently in the past.


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