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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of others’ words or ideas without the appropriate acknowledgment. In the context of higher education, it has been defined as

a form of academic misconduct involving a writing process which results in an inappropriate relationship between the new text and its source(s). Specifically, plagiarism involves a writer reusing propositional content and/or form of expression from another text without adequately signalling that relationship to the reader, and with an intention to mislead the reader about that relationship. (Pecorari, 2019, p. 17)

However, not all definitions agree that the appropriation of others’ words or ideas needs to be intentional to be considered plagiarism. This entry first discusses the origins of the term, distinctions between copyright and plagiarism, and college and university policies on plagiarism. ...

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