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Questions tagged [plagiarism]

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

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Identical projects by students at two different colleges: still plagiarism?

Me and my friend attend different colleges, both of which are part of the same university. My friend has done the project and as well as me too. Our projects are exactly the same - not a single word ...
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Plagiarism from preprint of paper (from the Arxiv)

Recently we have written a research paper and posted a preprint on the Arxiv to obtain some non-official peer review and to increase the quality of our paper. Till now we have not submitted this paper ...
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Student accused of Plagarism

A former student of mine asked for advise. This student has been accused of cheating on an assignment. By their account, approximately 8% of their project is nearly identical to a partial solution ...
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Is it self-plagiarism to reuse my own unpublished material?

If I reuse unpublished work in new unpublished work, would this be considered self-plagiarism?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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An undergraduate said they may hire a freelancer to do their work for them. What should I do?

I, a graduate student, have started tutoring undergraduates in computer science at my university to help make ends meet. One student who inquired about my services turned me down upon hearing my rates ...
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Using a similar application essay I used before

I recently submitted an application essay for a pre-college program, and was accepted. I'm particularly proud of my essay; I put my best into it. Now, after the pre-college program, I intend to apply ...
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Why is plagiarising words such a big deal?

Plagiarising the ideas of others is obviously a big deal. You are stealing the hard work of others and misleading your peers by pretending it is your original work. But why is plagiarising words and ...
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How to deal with my results being stolen?

I have experienced a couple of times the following problem: I have asked another researcher to cooperate and provided mathematical results (as a basis for an algorithm). The cooperation has not ...
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Is it wise to upload all the publshed research works to the Standard Paper Repository of Turnitin?

My organization is using Turnitin software and I am the Administrator. Will it be a wise decision to upload all our published research works to the Standard Paper Repository of the software in order ...
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Avoiding plagiarism without citing every sentence

To truly avoid any allegation of plagiarism, one would separately cite every sentence whose idea has been taken from elsewhere. In my field though, many journal editors will not accept this amount of ...
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When to give up seeking justice after you've been plagiarized?

I found that a Ph.D. student, recently graduated, plagiarized over a dozen passages from a book I based on my own Ph.D. dissertation of some years ago. Their dissertation is on the Internet, which is ...
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Are not published workshop papers considered in similarity check for an extended journal paper?

I am going to submit my journal paper in 2 weeks. Besides, there is a workshop whose deadline is in a couple of days. I am going to submit a brief version of my potential journal paper (12 pages) in ...
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Someone copied my assignment without my knowledge but I am now accused of directly assisting them to copy my work

Someone copied my solution to an assignment without my knowledge, and now I'm accused of directly assisting them by allowing them to copy my work. I was given a formal written warning. How do I prove ...
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About legality on self-plagiarism when publishing an article

I found out that a collegue published about 5 years ago a paper in the proceedings of a conference about education in engineering (proceedings has ISBN, but publication has no DOI, in case that ...
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Politicians and other students caught in plagiarism?

This is something I don't understand: how come many degrees have been revoked due to plagiarism after approval if Turnitin and many other software against plagiarism exist? For example, there was a ...
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Is referencing a technical report in an improper format plagiarism?

Suppose someone uses a report such as technical report in an article or school work, but in the references at the end of document they just reference it like: Author A, Author B, title, year I.e., ...
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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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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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Citing, Secondary Source [duplicate]

My question is about citing. I found two sectences that were cited in a review article (first sentence[1], extra information about it[2]. Second sentence [3]). And after that i found the original ...
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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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May they delay for a long time the decision of a submitted manuscript of someone that already sent a paper which didn't pass plagiarism check?

As I already shared in this question, I have submitted a paper in January of the last year to a high-rank journal and they decided on my paper with reject and resubmit. I worked very very hard and ...
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Can i copy a slide from another presentation or is it plagiarism?

For my seminar work i want to use a slide which i found in a presentation available on the internet. Now i wonder whether it is considered plagiarism if i copy the slide into my presentation while ...
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My master’s thesis’ results will be published without my consent. What should I do?

Last year I finished my master’s. I spent the whole year working on experiments for my master's thesis. Part of the results I obtained were published in my master’s thesis, which was submited via an ...
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Is it possible for research paper to have a similarity of 2 out of 100 using iThenticate?

I'm involved in TPC (technical program committee) task for some international conference. In one paper I'm reviewing, I noticed that the similarity index is just 2% using iThenticate which seems ...
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Wrong information in my thesis

At the beginning im so sorry about what i did. But in literature review of the introduction part of my thesis i realized that i made a mistake :( It is about giving state-of-the-art part of my study ...
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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 it type of a plagiarism?

I have a question about plagiarism: are these two sentences plagiarised versions of each other? In a cited paper, it says: This paper describes the design for a novel passive mechanical knee-ankle ...
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Cases of plagiarism in mathematics

Are there known cases of plagiarism in mathematics? The writing practices in mathematics are clearly different from the writing practices in the humanities. In the latter area I roughly know how to ...
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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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Can I reuse parts of a chapter from a text book in my thesis?

This question is related to this one. Only this time it's not about a journal paper but a chapter in a text book. I am first author of the chapter in the text book that was published by a renowned ...
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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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Question on whether I have committed plagiarism (modifying paragraphs from an unpublished document sent as email attachment for PhD thesis)

Background My colleague and I are both PhD students (My colleague started about 8 months after me) from the same research group (and share the same PhD supervisor) in a UK university. We were ...
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Unintentional Plagiarism in my Masters Thesis

About four months ago I graduated from a reputable university and received great feedback from the committee who judged my masters defense as well as my thesis. Prior to my defense, I was asked to ...
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Do you need to cite generalizations in introductory paragraphs and topic sentences?

Suppose Jack Smith writes an article proving that Renaissance ideology can exist in the modern era through technology, and that this proves that the ideology can be reconceptualized in other regards, ...
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Can you plagiarize a fact- or evidence-based, objective conclusion/claim?

Suppose a secondary source proves that poverty was rampant in the Middle Ages by using a variety of primary sources (or statistics from other secondary sources). If years after reading this secondary ...
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Is this considered plagiarism? [closed]

So I submitted my work to my professor, he graded it and told me to make changes. I am submitting the same project to the same professor, however to make the changes I am writing in a new doc. I want ...
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Is verbatim copying a data collection plan with citation considered plagiarism?

Cheers, I am writing a thesis using secondary data and need to report on the sampling methods used to collect the data. Am I allowed to verbatim state what is listed in the study documentation? It is ...
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My advisor's new student copied parts of my PhD thesis; advisor doesn't care. What to do?

I wrote my PhD thesis a few years back. After I finished, my supervisor found another researcher and continued research with the apparatus I built, but along a different line of study. I met this ...
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How should I feel about a professor using an entire online course for his own course?

I'm taking a machine learning class at a school in South Korea. I've heard some good and bad things about this professor in particular, but I didn't really know until I actually took his course. I've ...
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Code plagiarism by teacher at renowned university [duplicate]

As a post-graduate student at a renowned university, I am supposed to make an assignment (see attached images) which is obviously inspired on this licensed scikit tutorial. Since the assignment (code)...
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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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Would it be considered cheating to ask for homework help on the internet, if I openly acknowledge the help received?

Say you have a homework assignment and you're struggling with it. You ask a question about some portion of it on a site like physics.stackexchange or math.SE or stackoverflow.com, etc. You then cite ...
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Offline (!) similarity/plagiarism detection tool [closed]

Can anyone please suggest an offline similarity check software which could work with a custom database of PDF or text files? Motivation: I have lots of previous reports from students (these are not ...
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Feeling regret for sending my code to my classmate

As an international student, I found hard to integrate well with other classmates. I only have two relatively close friends in my class. When my classmate asked me to send my code to him, I did not ...
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Is it self-plagiarism to repurpose a government report into a journal article?

I wrote a report to the state department of transportation for a research project they sponsored. Can I use the same texts/paragraphs from the report to write journal articles? In other words, does it ...
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Will Potential Publishers View an MA Dissertation as Plagiarized?

I recently completed my MA, and I was hoping to upload my dissertation to Academia.edu, and then perhaps submit it to some publishers later on. Although I made some changes to my paper after ...
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Am I wrong to believe teachers can commit plagiarism? [closed]

This evening, my senior in high school daughter came home upset because of a bad score on a test in an AP class. The particular questions were extremely esoteric Bloom level 1 questions (e.g., how ...
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How to properly cite when using most of the text verbatim

I'm currently teaching a calculus course and I want to create a project in which we analyse different population growth models using the tools we've learned so far. With this in mind I found a great ...
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Is plagiarism with consent recommended?

I need to submit an assignment and I need to copy some part of my friends thesis with his consent because I do not have enough time to write in my own words. Another issue is that his thesis is not ...
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Does copying the book's figure for my dissertation fit the copyright?

I'm writing my dissertation and I have drawn a diagram explaining how a algorithm works. Recently, I've found an ebook, legally obtained, illustrating the same algorithm, but with more details and ...