This guide defines plagiarism and provides students with resources which will help them better understand how to use research materials in a responsible fashion. For additional information on intellectual property matters, including copyright and fair use, see our Copyright Resource Guide.
According to the WPA (2003), "plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source."
Plagiarism often comes about when writers fail to cite borrowed source material in their own works. However, it can also happen when a writer copies or otherwise inappropriately reuses his or her own previous work within a new work. This is called "self-plagiarism" or "auto-plagiarism."
Plagiarism is an act of intellectual fraud. It is considered unethical in academic and other professional settings. Students can avoid committing plagiarism and maintain academic integrity by engaging with sources in a responsible fashion, such as taking notes and using either APA or MLA citations in their work.
For OU's definition and stance on plagiarism, see your student handbook or the statement on academic honesty.
Note: Cheating and plagiarism preferences are listed below in order of their severity as judged by instructors themselves.
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Did you know that there are apps that can be downloaded to your phone, that can help you to avoid plagiarism?
Copyleaks is a Cloud-based plagiarism detector that can be downloaded to your mobile phone
Plagiarism Checker and Plagiarism Checker X are Android Apps for your mobile phone