5 Types Of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is when you take credit for someone else’s work. There are several types of plagiarism and here are the 5 most common ones:

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1. Direct/Clone/Global Plagiarism

Called by many names, this type of plagiarism is when you copy someone else’s work word-to-word. It is one of the most severe types of plagiarism and can have legal consequences. 

If you find a text online and submit it as your own without proper quotation and citing, you are practicing this form of plagiarism. 

For the editor: Place this in the Elementor “Tabs” as “Source Text” and “Copied Text” or side by side using “Inner Section”. Keep the “Copied Text” in pink to highlight that all the text is copied directly. 

Source Text Copied Text
Self-care is an essential soft skill you need to master in today’s fast-paced world. We’re all constantly juggling between our health, work, and social life, and it is easy for our mental health to slip out of the mix. Self-care and solitude are usually not a priority. 

We need to make them priorities with immediacy. Especially now, when we’re all stuck inside our homes adjusting to a new phase of life. 

This is new for all of us and can get overwhelming rapidly. Self-care is a way of ensuring we don’t burn ourselves out and manage to adjust well to the stressors of our new routines. Still not sure about this self-care thingy? 

Self-care is an essential soft skill you need to master in today’s fast-paced world. We’re all constantly juggling between our health, work, and social life, and it is easy for our mental health to slip out of the mix. Self-care and solitude are usually not a priority. 

We need to make them priorities with immediacy. Especially now, when we’re all stuck inside our homes adjusting to a new phase of life. 

This is new for all of us and can get overwhelming rapidly. Self-care is a way of ensuring we don’t burn ourselves out and manage to adjust well to the stressors of our new routines. Still not sure about this self-care thingy? 

2. Verbatim/Mosaic/Copy & Paste Plagiarism

This type of plagiarism occurs when instead of copying all of the text, you copy “patches” of text without attributing the author and citing the original resource. You haven’t copied everything, but you have copied a significant amount of the text and left it unchanged. 

Source Text Copied Text
Self-care is an essential soft skill you need to master in today’s fast-paced world. We’re all constantly juggling between our health, work, and social life, and it is easy for our mental health to slip out of the mix. Self-care and solitude are usually not a priority. 

We need to make them priorities with immediacy. Especially now, when we’re all stuck inside our homes adjusting to a new phase of life. 

This is new for all of us and can get overwhelming rapidly. Self-care is a way of ensuring we don’t burn ourselves out and manage to adjust well to the stressors of our new routines. Still not sure about this self-care thingy? 

Self-care is an essential soft skill you need to master in today’s fast-paced world. Since we are all stuck in the COVID-19 pandemic, worrying about multiple facets of our lives, self-care needs have stopped becoming a priority. 

We need to make them priorities with immediacy. Even more so in a pandemic. 

This is new for all of us and can get overwhelming rapidly. Self-care is a way of ensuring we don’t burn ourselves out and manage to adjust well to the stressors of our new routines. Still not sure about this self-care thingy? 

3. Paraphrasing/Find-Replace/Accidental Plagiarism

This is the most common type of plagiarism. When you borrow ideas from someone else, you need to cite them properly, even if you are paraphrasing. Failing to cite your resources leads to paraphrasing plagiarism since you are essentially passing off someone else’s idea as your own. 

This is also commonplace when you retain the keywords of someone else’s text so the essential content remains the same, but under your name. 

Incorrect Text Correct Text
The average screen time in the UK stands at 3 hours 23 minutes per day.  The average screen time in the UK stands at 3 hours 23 minutes per day as per Code Computer Love. 

4. Accidental Plagiarism

When using a resource, you need to follow their guidelines for referencing them correctly. If you have cited an incorrect resource or used the wrong citation style for them, then you have practiced accidental plagiarism. 

This is why many publications also write at the end “How to reference this article” so that there is no room for accidental plagiarism.

5. Self-plagiarism

Self-plagiarism is when you reuse the content you have previously published. Yes, even recycling your own work without proper citation can be counted as plagiarism. This is especially true when you have used one piece of work in a publication that does not allow republishing even to your own blog. 

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