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.