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Research Help: Plagiarism

 What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is “The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.”
(Oxford English Dictionary.

Plagiarism includes

  • Submitting someone else’s work (text, data, audio, video, etc.) as your own
  • Minimally changing someone else’s work by replacing parts of the work
  • Reusing parts of a previous work (including your own) without citation
  • Stitching together numerous paraphrases from others without credit
  • Citing some but not all sources


When completing assignments it is important to avoid plagiarism. Learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it by visiting the Online Plagiarism Tutorial created by Acadia University Library.

Academic Integrity Policy

Dakota Wesleyan University has a code of conduct that supports the university's commitment to building a scholarly community. Essentially, the key concepts are:

  • Produce work independently
  • Tell the truth
  • Acknowledge the work of others (including yourself)

The full "Academic Integrity Policy" can be found on pages 20 - 21 of the Academic Catalog.

What Does Plagiarism Look Like?

Here is an example of plagiarism where material written by Mustapha Marrouchi in 2003 is compared to text written twenty-one years earlier by Salman Rushdie. Marrouchi copies Rushdie's orignial text nearly word for word and does not reference the original. Not all plagiarism is this blatant, however. Merely paraphrasing an idea without attribution is still considered to be plagiarism.

Brock Read. “Anatomy of a Serial Plagiarism Charge.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 21, 2014.



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How To Determine Plagiarism

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