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What plagiarism is
« on: May 10, 2010, 01:41:29 PM »
Plagiarism is the use of other writers' thoughts, ideas and language without properly citing the original source.

Plagiarism may be a result of improperly made citation, lack of citation or a deliberate omission of a source. Plagiarizing can be divided into different categories:

full or complete plagiarism – complete copy-paste of adopted text without changing words, word order and structure of a text;

partial plagiarism – most commonly used by students in order to fill the gaps in their own lack of knowledge in a particular sphere. This presumes combining and paraphrasing several sources with poor change of content and use of synonyms to reduce the similarity;

minimalistic plagiarism – which is most hardly to spot. Plagiarized works are properly paraphrased with the change of structure of an essay. Basically, minimalistic plagiarism allows to use someone's already completed work without undertaking own research;

self plagiarism – is a complete or partial use of own written work. In definite cases it is not considered as plagiarism. However, in the sphere of freelance writing it is not allowed;

there is also deliberate and unintentional plagiarism, which, however, does not serve as an excuse.

In academic writing we most commonly find plagiarism to be the result of improperly made citations. In order to avoid unintentional plagiarism the writer has to use citation style correctly and always cite the original sources when ideas are adopted.
As the freelance writing agency we consider plagiarism to be the heaviest crime.  Whenever disclosed in an educational institution it may result in sanctions taken to punish the student by lowering grade, failing course etc. up to expulsion.
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