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What is Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

“To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source.”
Plagiarism. (2010). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved from

Western Nevada College Academic Integrity Policy: Plagiarism is presenting someone else's words, ideas or data as one's own. When a student submits work that includes the words, ideas or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate and specific references, and if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well. In academically honest writing or speaking, the student will acknowledge the source whenever:

a. Another person's actual words are quoted.

b. Another person's idea, opinion or theory is used, even if it is completely paraphrased in the student's own words.

c. Facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials are borrowed, unless the information is common knowledge.

 Types of plagiarism


  • Mixing words or ideas from an unacknowledged source in with your own words or ideas.
  • Mixing together uncited words and ideas from several sources into a single work.
  • Mixing together properly cited uses of a source with uncited uses.

Direct Plagiarism

  • A phrase or passage that is copied word for word, but not quoted.


  • Rephrasing another person’s work and inserting into your own work without acknowledging the original source.

Insufficient Acknowledgement

  • Half crediting source; whereby you acknowledge the author’s work the first time, but continue to use the author’s words without giving additional attribution


Always Acknowlege Your Source of Information

When you quote someone else's words, summarize or paraphrase someone's words, or use someone else's data, images, or ideas, you must always acknowledge the source of that information with an in-text citation and in a works cited page or a references list.  Examples of both in-text citations and a works cited page or references list can be found on this subject guide under Citing Sources or on the APA Style Guide or the MLA Style Guide.





The information on this subject guide was adapted from the McGoonan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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