Plagiarism is the practice of taking credit for someone else’s work.

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I came across plagiarism. Whom should I inform if at all?

I have been reading a sample PDF of a book by a professor at a research university published in 2007 on the publisher’s website. For some reason the book’s title was not included in the PDF’s footer ...
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Is it ok to give your Old Assignments to others?

My friend wants an old assignment which I have done few semesters ago. I want to know whether it's ok to give the assignment to him and whether it's going to be a problem for me in the future. (I have ...
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Is this plagiarism? - Copy paste with reference

I asked a similar question the other day about plagiarism, but I have a slightly different case. Would you consider this plagiarism? A source paper (Y) has text which refers to A and B and C. ...
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Can I use the texts in my paper for bioconductor?

My group has published a paper to a journal (Natural Methods). Now, I'd like to dump the text in the paper for my R-package vignette and user-manual (bioconductor). Can I do it without reference our ...
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Is this an example of plagiarism? [closed]

Assuming that I start my essay with the definition of Marketing as being a 'process for etc...' (Author Year, Page) and then later on in my essay, I introduce another definition of something related ...
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“no derivatives” clause for CC licensing

I’m wondering about whether it might hurt to use the "no derivatives" clause when licensing a scientific article under a Creative Commons license. My impression is that nobody ever creates "derivative ...
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I violated academic integrity unknowingly by sharing assignment resources with fellow student. What should I do?

So, before I tell my story, I'll qualify by saying I have a bit of a guilt complex and its possible I'm overthinking all of this. I was looking through my university's honor code and I came upon ...
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I accidentally submitted a plagiarized essay, and have been called to a meeting about it. What should I expect?

I was writing a draft for an essay for a Political Philosophy course and I was extremely cramped time so I decided to pull quotes from the authors (Machiavelli and Hobbes) off the internet. Along with ...
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Verbatim copying of text that itself contains references - plagiarism?

Author A has a paper where a sentence (25 or so words) that refers to the work of Authors B and C. If author Y copies verbatim the sentence by A, and includes the reference to B and C (as it's a ...
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Is it okay for professors to completely copy another professors' notes, assignments, and exam questions word for word from another university? [duplicate]

I have a professor who used the same lecture notes, same assignments, and same exam questions word for word from from another professor at a different university (who posts his notes, assignments, and ...
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How bad is it for instructors to plagiarise assignments and not even attribute the source? [duplicate]

During a programming course I took recently at a Swedish university, we discovered that the instructors had given us assignments made available by professors in other countries (the US and the UK). ...
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It is plagiarism if my work is very similiar to something previously published?

I am a PhD student in economics and making a mathematical model of some stuff in a subject of my interest. While I was searching papers on Google Scholar, I found a PhD thesis written 5-6 years ago ...
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Is it plagiarism to copy from the textbook and referencing properly but not using quotation marks?

I have copied several paragraphs from our course textbook in my homework, however before starting the section which is from the textbook I have clearly stated that following sections are from textbook ...
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Is making minor adjustments to an online tutorial for a coding assignment considered plagiarism?

For one of my pieces of coursework I have to make a game engine and I wasn't completely understanding what my lecturer was going on about. So I looked online and found a tutorial on how to make one ...
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Is it acceptable for paid online course to use quizzes and materials from elsewhere on the internet?

This question is specifically about a high school course, but it should be applicable to any online course in general. I was taking a physics course online to skip it in school, those courses are ...
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Detecting plagiarism for data sets [closed]

Does anyone know of a program that can detect plagiarism for data sets? I am mainly thinking of detecting "already existing" numbers. Do existing plagiarism software also detect for number ...
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What to do if I discover that someone is repeating my published work? [duplicate]

It was really a sorry news when I discover that some guys took my lonely paper that I published so far, and send it to some journal and get it published. They just make few changes, like changing the ...
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What is the proposed penalty for students that paid an essaywriting service to complete their papers for them? [duplicate]

I had noticed a sudden change in the quality of the essays submitted two of my students. When I confronted them, they were quite frank and admitted that due to lack of time, they had assigned their ...
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How can an author get assurance that his work will not be stolen by journal staff or reviewers?

Suppose some author provides his original research article to a journal for publication. In this way, he is disclosing or revealing his confidential research work to that journal. Now, consider the ...
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Does any university require reporting of misconduct at other universities?

Some universities have ethics codes that require (whatever that might mean) members to report misconduct within the community. Are there universities where such a requirement extends to reporting ...
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Is copying lab results a form of plagiarism?

A quick question, which I'm asking out of curiosity rather than an actual problem. Plagarism and how to detect/combat/punish it seems to be a common topic on this SE. When I was an undergraduate, 20 ...
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Moral dilemma in unwittingly being paid to complete a student's work

I am a computer science freelancer who takes on medium-sized projects I can complete in a month or less. I was approached by someone who wanted a set of 12 tutorials at least 500 words each about ...
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How widespread is sharing of slides/assignments among educators?

Often, when taking a course at the university level, I amuse myself by Googling phrases from the instructors' slides, assignments, and other materials. I have found, without exception from any ...
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How to deal with past unintentional and unpunished plagiarism?

I am currently a master’s student and I cautiously and properly cite in my essays and works as per Harvard’s guidelines. However, I only learned how to properly cite just this year which made me go ...
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How to penalize students who copy each other but don't realize they have plagiarized?

I gave my students an opportunity to rewrite one of their papers for extra points. As I was grading, I realized that two papers were almost identical. They had a similar structure, organization, and ...
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Citation during exams, some cases

So during exams and as of late, I started to informally cite scholars sometimes and as much as possible to backup the written ideas, however and due to the very nature of exams, I am facing the below ...
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Is it ok to get independent feedback before handing in thesis?

I have a thesis to hand in at my university. Am I allowed to ask a grad student who is an expert in my field to have a look at my thesis and give me feedback (more than merely grammatical / ...
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Is verbatim copying of short technical phrases without quotes but with citation considered plagiarism?

My question is similar to Is verbatim copying text with citation considered plagiarism?, but I want to ask about very short, concise wordings. As an example, I read a paper in which the author uses ...
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Is this plagiarism? Can I publish my work

I happen to have worked on a Mathematical topic. The story is complicated. It was not my original idea. My professor had already worked on it for a long time, intermittently. In fact, when we started ...
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Is it allowed to ask for help in community for thesis?

I'm writing on my master's thesis. A specific part causes some troubles and I hadn't any progress here for several weeks. I'm now considering to describe my problem, my ideas and my accomplished ...
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Is it plagiarism to use an online tutorial as the basis for completing a programming assignment?

Let's suppose that you were assigned a programming project, which is considered from your teacher/professor, not easy. However, you manage to find an online tutorial, that guides you step-by-step ...
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Plagiarism if different term used?

I wrote my bachelor thesis but now I saw that from one source I mixed up a term, instead of term that was used I accidentally used a different one. this happened because I translated that from a ...
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Why is it reasonable to believe that this student handed in a term paper from another class?

I have a student who has handed in a term paper from another class, only changing the title page, and he claims that he only put the due date for the current course's term paper on the cover sheet of ...
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Is it plagiarism to reference a fictitious source?

I'm dealing with a student essay that references three books in support of a claim. None of the books referenced have authors listed, and, based on the contents of the student's essay, I can't find ...
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Writing theory section of thesis - feels like I am just copying

I am doing a PhD in physics / applied math and have just started writing the theory section. A large-ish part (5-10 pages, estimated) will be setting the scene with some theoretical tools that I am ...
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Who to cite if the original source of a citation does not contain the content that was cited?

As you're supposed to do, I looked up the original source of a citation that I wanted to work with. Only the original paper never mentions what I was hoping to find! Do I cite the first paper then, ...
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Test an already existing hypothesis but in a different setting/country?

What if I conduct a study and suggest a hypothesis to test but later find out that this hypothesis was already tested before in a different industry/country. Can I still continue? In other words, is ...
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I included some results in my thesis that some other PhD students included in theirs. Is this plagiarism?

I would like to ask you a question about my PhD thesis, which has already been defended. Part of my results were obtained in a university in another country. During my work, two of the PhD students ...
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Re-using literature review ideas in another assignment, paper, etc

Suppose that I submitted an essay of a literature review for 1 course and I have to prepare a study for another course with similar ideas. My questions: Can I 'copy' some of the ideas of the ...
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What are the best sites or free software for rephrasing sentences?

While writing my thesis, I'm looking for some sites or free software that can help in rephrasing some sentences used in scientific papers. Any recommendation? And is it effective to use such sites to ...
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What to do if one of my recommenders has commited a plagiarism violation that has been publicized online?

I plan to obtain a recommendation letter for PhD from a recommender with whom I have worked a lot during the course of my bachelor's. However when I accidentally typed her name in Google, a copyright ...
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How to write/cite a description of a software product in a master's thesis?

I am writing a master's thesis in the area of computer sciences. A lot of developer tools and software technologies/languages are involved. Each of these tools and software technologies has its own ...
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Can a PhD student accused of plagiarism revise/resubmit the thesis?

I don't know how to ask this so please forgive my ignorance and lack of vocabulary. Consider a case as below. I just would like to know.. : Can a PhD student who just defended their thesis, but is ...
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Plagiarism of my work

My classmate (now a lecturer at Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria) published my entire masters thesis’ work in an internal journal (IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering (IOSR-JCE)) without my ...
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Author on paper overly similar in content to previously published work

I was a summer intern at a research group while I was in high school. They submitted a paper with me as an author and it was rejected in large part due to similarity to their previous paper which I am ...
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What counts as plagiarism? [closed]

Plagiarism is, the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original ...
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Is it plagiarism if only a short phrase or construct is the same?

Suppose we have some text in a scientific journal article A. It is a verbatim copy of some text published in a related article B which is referenced by A, and this phrase is used to explain the same ...
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Why is plagiarism so harshly punished?

I realize why plagiarism is morally wrong and punishable. This is not a question about why it is wrong. This question is about why plagiarism is dealt with so harshly compared to other violations. ...
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How to reduce negative consequence for the person I plagiarized my assignment from?

Due to some personal reasons, I didn't get to complete my semester end project. So I copied my friend's project and submitted it without major changes (I know I was a fool to do that). Now we are ...
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Is copying standard definitions from e.g. ICD without quotes considered verbatim plagiarism

In textbooks published by my faculty staff members, Authors often include definitions from WHO or ICD using passive speech (... is defined as ...) Is this legal? Is copying these standard ...