What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined as using another individual’s ideas or words without attribution or credit.  It also includes using one’s own prior work that has been submitted for credit or published in another venue as a new submission without citation.  Using the ideas of others without proper attribution or citation is unethical and a violation of the Honor Code.  Subcategories of plagiarism include:

  • Self-plagiarism: Intentionally or unintentionally using portions of one’s old work for new assignments without attribution
  • Failure to adequately quote and/or cite sources or material
  • False citation: This includes but is not limited to referencing work that does not appear in the indicated source.

Plagiarism does not include mistakes in the format of a citation as long as the student has indicated the materials quoted or relied upon and the source of the materials.