Plagiarism is the practice of taking credit for someone else’s work. Also included in this tag are questions on self-plagiarism, which involves redundant publication or reuse of one's own work in an unethical manner.

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Is it okay to incorporate a block of citations from a review paper into my own paper?

I'm currently writing a paper on a certain topic for which a review article was recently published. Of course, I want to contrast my new approach to existing techniques. For that purpose, I have ...
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Do I have the legal right to demand information on plagiarism of my work from another university?

A student of a German institute has translated my Russian thesis word by word to English and submitted it as her own work in 2014. I informed the university providing them with my work in Russian and ...
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Should I quote Wikipedia if I can't rephrase it?

I want to write down this idea that I get from Wikipedia: both (James Watson and Francis Crick) thanked the Schroedinger's book for their inspiration. (More specifically, that page is What Is Life?, ...
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Is copying equations plagiarism?

I defended my master thesis successfully yesterday. Everything in my master thesis was written by me and there is no problem. However I'm a bit skeptical about one thing. So in my thesis I have a part ...
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In a PhD dissertation, can one copy the structure of the acknowledgment section from their own or from someone else's prior work?

In the acknowledge of a thesis, we thank all the people who helped our research. E.g. "First of all I thank xxx, for xxx throughout my Ph.D. period." For my master thesis's acknowledge, I tried very ...
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Are you allowed to copy text from your Master's thesis into your PhD thesis?

I wrote a Master's thesis a couple of years ago (which is available to view from my University's online service; so it's out there) and am now doing a PhD. Some passages from my Master's thesis is ...
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How do we prevent a professor from releasing our class project as his own research?

I don't want to release too many details in this inquiry, but I do have a very legitimate question to ask. My senior class (aerospace engineering) has been hard at work for nearly nine months reverse ...
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How to prove/deal with plagiarism that is hidden behind bad synonyms?

I have had more than one undergraduate student who I have very strongly suspected of routine plagiarism that I cannot prove. There is a certain style of writing that is just inexplicable except as an ...
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Plagiarism detection software – comparing two long documents [duplicate]

I would like to find out whether one of two long documents plagiarises the other. I’m looking for software or a website that does this but does not store the documents on the server (i.e., the ...
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Is it plagiarism to use another person's unpublished thesis?

Consider a research work that is present in another person's thesis, submitted two years before at the university, but not published online anywhere. Can someone extend that work and submit it to a ...
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Which free online academic plagiarism checker is closest to Turnitin?

Which free online academic plagiarism checker is closest to Turnitin by quality standard of rigour? Turnitin features that even somebody plagiarize the context of a passage by use synonyms or simply ...
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Source code plagiarism detection tool that checks against online content

I asked this question on Stackoverflow and was directed to ask it here. The question is: I wanted to ask about plagiarism detection tools for source code written in C++. When I searched Google the ...
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How to acknowledge a colleague's authorship of text in a syllabus

Here is a situation that I have been in several times, but have only recently begun to give careful thought to. Suppose you are asked to teach a course that you have not taught before. A fairly ...
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Does writing code for an assignment after seeing similar code online count as plagiarism?

In my compilers class assignment, we were asked to write some MIPS code. One of the problem involved implementing fact() function as a sub-problem. I wanted to implement the standard recursive version ...
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How to avoid plagiarism when including definitions and proofs from textbook?

I need to include some basic definitions, and simple proofs from a standard text book to my thesis. Those definitions and proofs are very basic, e.g. probability, entropy etc. Everybody knows they ...
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I didn't acknowledge someone who helped with my thesis, is this considered plagiarism?

I received help from a (online) tutor in a technical support capacity in my PhD thesis. He was paid, and advised on math. notation, implementing a statistical technique (I suggested the technique) ...
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Potential issues with uploading copyrighted material to TurnItIn?

My university uses TurnItIn to check student's work for plagiarism and collusion. I think the underlying TurnItIn database includes both submitted work and material it has found by crawling the web, ...
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How to use Google Scholar for plagiarism checking?

A quick and dirty heuristic for checking for double submissions and plagiarism is to "google" the publication title. My question is whether there is an attempt by Google or others to build a ...
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Is it plagiarism to paraphrase multiple sections?

I sit on my department's academic misconduct committee. Today we had one of those cases where it wasn't clear what the right answer was. The assignment was for the students to design an experiment ...
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Is taking a method explanation from books and papers considered plagiarism?

I have been reading a few Q/A about plagiarism, but I still have a doubt about the use of books and papers to explain the method I am applying in my thesis. I mixed up the infos I found in a book ...
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Should I worry that a graduate student somewhere gave a talk using my abstract?

I was looking for mentions of my work on the internet and I came across a seminar series in which a graduate student had given a talk using an abstract of mine. It is unpublished work which I posted ...
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Can paraphrasing another author's sentence in my short story be considered plagiarism? [closed]

Let's say I'm writing a short story for an English class and I come across the ending words from Isaac Asimov's "Foundation": Let my successors solve those new problems, as I have solved the one ...
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How to use lemmas and proofs from another paper?

Suppose that paper A has a lemma called Lemma A, along with its proof. I want to use this lemma in another paper B. However, in the scope of my paper, I have to change it slightly, but without ...
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Prevent plagiarism after rejection of a paper?

After reading the question What to do if a referee plagiarises the result after rejecting a paper?, I wonder what can be done to prevent this. I also recently got a conference paper rejected with a ...
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What should I do if my master's advisor used a figure from my thesis in a publication without citation or acknowledgment?

A year ago, I finished my Master's degree and ended 6 months of working for an incredibly manipulative and demanding supervisor. We started working on a publication of my Master's results, which is ...
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What research shows how assessment design can minimize plagiarism?

This past semester has seen an unusually high number of students plagiarizing in one of the subjects I teach. To be specific, it was five times the previous maximum I had seen. This has lead me down ...
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Getting secondary citations right

i have some questions regarding secondary citations (in an computer science research paper that should be published in a journal). I know that they should be avoided when possible, but it is not ...
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What should a regretful student who is caught plagiarizing do to move forward?

I'm a high school student also enrolled in a computer science class at a local college, and earlier this week I noticed that my grade for the class had dropped. I checked the online gradebook after ...
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How can I find out if a student’s thesis is just the translation from his native language (Spanish) to English?

One of my student’s MA thesis is very well done. I know him and I worked with him enough to notice that something is going on. I talked to him and he always seemed confused about what he was doing and ...
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Is there any automated way I can detect if a co-author plagiarized before our paper is submitted?

My professor, a co-author and I have been working on a paper for more than a year. I was doing the math and simulations, my co-author was responsible for the writing, and my professor was editing the ...
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Software to create repositories of students' software projects

I want to be able to store the software projects my students submit so I can catch plagiarism. Some students copy work from previous years and it would be really helpful if I could find a way to store ...
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University website says “when such conduct [unauthorized collaboration] is common, it becomes acceptable” - does this mean plagiarism is allowed?

I have been accused of plagiarism from my prof, since I have an answer from a Facebook page based on our course, and a lot of students got their answers from there. The Facebook page has previous labs ...
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Parts of thesis draft published without proper credit

My Master's thesis instructor has copied a chapter of my thesis draft into several publications, sometimes listing me as an author and sometimes not. He said it won't cause me any problems so I gave ...
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What to do about a Master's thesis where most of the introduction is a literal translation of my own work?

I have just discovered the introduction of an Engineering Master's thesis defended some months ago in my ancient university has been made mostly by "cut & paste" (and literally translate from ...
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I submitted my own code on someone elses account

I was flagged for plagiarism on a programming assignment. We get 3 submissions a day for the ~3 weeks that the project is open. I finished my project in about 1 week, but on one of those days I used ...
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Is it self-plagiarism to reuse my own unpublished material?

If I reuse unpublished work in new unpublished work, would this be considered self-plagiarism? Examples would be: Use the same paragraph of text in more than one cover letter for job applications ...
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Is it considered plagiarism for a professor to use uncited sources in teaching materials?

I have a professor at my university who uses content from an un-cited textbook that he has never referenced anywhere, including his green sheet (syllabus), as an additional resource. At least some ...
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If I use most of the references from a thesis but not the exact same sentences, is it plagiarism?

There is a PhD thesis which is inline with my MSc thesis topic. The author has collected and classified a huge number of references for the background. While I am writing the background section, if ...
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Using Tech. Reports to 'protect' IP before presenting unpublished work in a conference

The question is in the title, really. It is similar to other questions, such as: How much information should I divulge about on-going unpublished research at a conference? However, I am wondering if ...
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How can I make sure I'll get credit for my work when working with unwanted and untrusted collaborator?

I am taking a course with a major final project. I was looking for a topic when my co-advisor noticed this. He suggested that I do a project related to my master thesis, and I agreed since I didn't ...
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Is it appropriate to submit a previously presented workshop paper to a peer-reviewed journal?

I have a paper that was presented at an NRC workshop and was not peer reviewed. Moreover, although this work is accessible at an NRC website, it is clear from reading the literature that search ...
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Degree programs or careers with a focus on plagiarism detection?

Are there any formal degrees that offer training in tools for detecting plagiarism? Or on understanding fair-use, proper attribution of sources, and avoiding plagiarism? Are there career options ...
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What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?

In this several times up-voted answer, it is suggested, among other things, that 'if someone using an image [...] that they do not own (it) is inappropriate and should be first reported to the PI of ...
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What kind of career path might be possible for a professor following a plagiarism scandal?

Prior to transferring to the university I'm currently enrolled in, I went to a different college in a different state with a renown reputation for integrity and academic rigor. The year before I left, ...
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My professor is rigging data and plagiarizing. What can I do?

My department head is manipulating data in his research papers and skillfully alters plagiarized text to avoid detection. I found this out while working with him on a journal article. I politely ...
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Is it inappropriate for an author to copy and paste from his/her original paper in an extension paper?

I am currently a referee for a paper. One of the authors of the paper had written an earlier paper, which I will refer to as the "original paper," and the paper which I am now refereeing is an ...
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Can the tutor test for plagiarism under these circumstances?

I have been trying to get into college, but there has been a lot to catch up on. I told the tutor that my friend, who is already doing the course, would be able to help me with my work if I was stuck. ...
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How can I timestamp my paper without violating double-blind review?

I submitted a paper to a top tier conference and it got rejected. The paper contains an original idea, and I am afraid that the paper could get plagiarized between the time I send it to another ...
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How to deal with two students who potentially colluded when one is unavailable?

We have two students in my department who handed in identical essays. As per our policy we scheduled independent meetings with both students to determine what happened. Going into these meetings our ...
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Is using the same topic title as a book title plagiarizing?

There is a well known book "Scientific topic X. Philosophical reflections." It contains a collection of articles on the topic. I am writing a paper myself. To what extent is it allowed to use the same ...