Plagiarism can be defined in multiple ways, but the most basic definition refers to the act of representing another person’s work as one’s own. Derived from the Latin root plagiarius which means “kidnapper,” plagiarism involves stealing another person’s ideas, words, or results without appropriately assigning credit, effectively passing the work off as one’s own creative output. In defining plagiarism, it is useful to examine the multiple forms that plagiarism can take. Forms of plagiarism include blatant plagiarism, technical plagiarism, patchwork plagiarism, and self-plagiarism. Blatant plagiarism is a deliberate act intended to deceive others; in this case, a person copies work and knowingly omits citation or giving credit to the original source. Technical plagiarism occurs when someone unintentionally fails to give proper attribution to ...
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