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Avoiding Plagiarism: Types of Plagiarism

Types of Plagiarism

  1. Substantial plagiarism - using a portion of another person's work without giving credit.
  2. Complete plagiarism - presenting an entire piece of work as your own.  This includes essays found on the internet and self-plagiarism (ie. reusing your previous work for a new assignment).

The Plagiarism Spectrum

While there are two main categories of plagiarism (substantial and complete), there are many sub-types within these categories.  Turnitin has identified ten major types of plagiarism and created a Plagiarism Spectrum infographic to help students and instructors identify examples of plagiarism.  

Below is a quick guide to the Plagiarism Spectrum, free to download.