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

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Is it plagiarism to hire a freelance programmer for an assignment but change a lot of it before you submit it?

I took freelancer tutor help for a Python programming coursework during my MS but did not submit the exact code he gave, I refracted it and changed a lot of it. Is it considered plagiarism? I am ...
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need information regarding copyright issues for rewriting information of a scientific article [duplicate]

I wonder how websites like 'discovery news', 'live science', 'scince alert', 'how stuff work', 'I fucking love science' manage the copy right issues while utilizing the content of recently ...
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How many words are considered to become subject to verbatim copy?

How many words can become 'subject to verbatim copying'? For example, if I write 'to disseminate content' in my paraphrasing and later on find that 'to disseminate content' is used exactly elsewhere. ...
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The most prestigious journal in economics is publishing a plagiarized paper. What can be done about this? [closed]

The plagiarism was noted in an online forum frequented by economists. The editor of said journal is now accusing the site of sexism and flat out refuses to address the plagiarism accusation. What can ...
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Can I describe in my own word few experiments from some academic papers to write a popular science book?

My book is about a theory that is based upon existing theories and recent experiments in biology. Since biology is not my main field, and since my theory is interesting to the general public, I self-...
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Is there a need to always check for plagiarism?

If you carefully and adequately paraphrase and quote in a given school assignment or a master's essay or thesis (i.e. act ethically), should you use a software or a website to check for plagiarism? Is ...
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Duplicate publication by the co-authors

July 2015 : We four authors (Fabio, Alex, Haris and Mark) have submitted a paper in July 2015 and transfer of copyrights to the Journal A. Alex was corresponding author and I am Mark the 4th author. ...
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Editor not taking action after I reported plagiarism. What steps can I take?

Some people erased three author names including mine from a paper previously submitted (and rejected by three different journals) and got it accepted by Case Reports In Emergency Medicine. I ...
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Can one determine whether somebody's work may have been plagiarized?

Background A friend of mine submitted a very original presentation proposal to the largest academic association in her field for their annual conference about 10 months ago. About 7 months ago, she ...
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Is this plagiarism or just a bad practice?

When I first began applying correct citations and referencing, I followed methods such as placing a citation at the end of the paragraph if I am paraphrasing for one person and not following a ...
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Plagiarism or self-plagiarism, when there are multiple non-coinciding authors

How plagiaristic is it when one of the authors A,B or C, who wrote together a paper, reuses part of this paper in a second publication, written with D and E? Is that still self-plagiarism? Is that ...
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Is this unprofessional academic writing? How to cite it anyway?

I am currently preparing some case studies written by Harvard Business School professors. The case is a 'real marketing' case; based on a true story. It is mostly compiled from many sources such as ...
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I'm writing a book and refer to quick references to spark creativity but also learn other words to improve my vocabulary. Is this plagiarism?

If you're a writer and you pull other words from an author's work to apply to your own vocabulary and work, just words, not full on sentences, is that considered plagiarism? I'm trying to learn and ...
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Almost identical general statement with different citations – is this a problem?

Paper X states that A is bla bla, but also referred to as B [1] and C [2]. I recently wrote: A is referred to as B [3] and C [4]. where Paper [3] and [4] are about the same topic as papers ...
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What is the proper way to deal self plagiarism?

Couple of months ago i've checked plagiarism of one of my research work in turnitin. I've reused the same research work in order enhancement it. When i checked new assignment again in turnitin with ...
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Host prof stole my Ph.D. topic during my visit [closed]

I have been a visiting researcher to fulfil my Ph.D. and to do the experimental step of my Ph.D. A month ago I understood that my host professor stole my Ph.D. topic and idea and he is writing a ...
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Do academic journals check plagiarism against papers in student repositories?

I was recently checking one of my paper for similarity. However, TURNITIN checked the similarity against the papers present in student repository in its database. Surprisingly, the paper which matched ...
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Is referring to a textbook solution considered academic dishonesty?

There are weekly homework assignments based on a textbook. We will finish each problem set and hand that in every two weeks. Since the assignments are straight out of the textbook, it is very easy ...
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How to cite when writing a paragraph in my history paper that is composed entirely of historical facts?

Since almost everything I have found is something I pulled from a source, how do I write my essay without citing basically every single line? Edit: Yes, in my paper I am arguing something which will ...
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Is it plagiarism when copying something that you have written before? [duplicate]

I am writing an essay and I have previously written and submitted an essay to a different professor about a similar subject. Would it be considered plagiarism if I copied my own exact sentences from ...
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Researchers had a paper retracted due to plagiarism and no one at their university is aware of it

A year ago a professor at my department and her grad student had plagiarized a journal paper and published it. The paper was retracted, and the journal published a clear notice that it was due to ...
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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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“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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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 plagiarism?...
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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 ...