The 11 Most Common Types of Plagiarism


What Types of Plagiarism are There? How can I Confirm my Suspicions? 

Those are questions that most teacher have to deal with when checking reports, homeworks, essays and other types of written assignments

personally, I don’t like to be deceived by students so I always warn them that I take those assignments seriously and that I will examine assignments that look suspicious.

What do I consider suspicious?

When something looks way too perfects, it  gives me the impression that the content was plagiarized and I find it even more suspicious if the student doesn’t have good linguistic skills.

What Types of Plagiarism are there?

The Ghost Writer: The writer turns in another’s work, word-for-word, as his or her own.

The Copy Guy: The writer copies significant portions of text straight from a single source, without alteration.

The Potluck Paper: The writer tries to disguise plagiarism by copying from several different sources, tweaking the sentences to make them fit together while retaining most of the original phrasing.

The Poor Disguise: Although the writer has retained the essential content of the source, he or she has altered the paper’s appearance slightly by changing keywords and phrases.

The Labor of Laziness: The writer takes the time to paraphrase most of the paper from other sources and make it all fit together.

The Self-Stealer: The writer “borrows” generously from his or her previous work.

The Forgotten Footnote: The writer mentions an author’s name for a source, but neglects to include specific information on the location of the material referenced.

The Misinformer: The writer provides inaccurate information regarding the sources, making it impossible to find them.

The Too-Perfect Paraphrase: The writer properly cites a source, but neglects to put in quotation marks text that has been copied word-for-word, or close to it.

The Resourceful Citer: The writer properly cites all sources, paraphrasing and using quotations appropriately. The catch? The paper contains almost no original work!

The Perfect Crime: The writer properly quotes and cites sources in some places, but goes on to paraphrase other arguments from those sources without citation.

Tools to Check for Plagiarized Content

  1. Grammarly
  2. Quetext
  3. Plagtracker
  4. The Pensters
  5. Plagiarisma
  6. WriteCheck