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Plagiarism: Thou Shalt Not Steal!: Understanding Plagiarism

Learn what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and what the consequences are if you do. Ignorance is not an excuse.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own use (another's production) without crediting the source."  

Types of Plagiarism

The 10 most common types of plagiarism and are ranked in order of severity.

 Source: (n.d.). Types of plagiarism. Retrieved from

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This Libguide is a modified version of an original work from Leslie Andersen
Arts Librarian California State University, Long Beach. Permission granted 2/1/2019.