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WWU Plagiarism Brochure

Plagiarism Definition

Plagiarism is presenting as one's own in whole or in part the argument, language, creations, conclusions, or scientific data of another without explicit acknowledgement.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Using another person's written or spoken words verbatim without using quotation marks and complete and proper citation.
  • Using information from a Website, CD-ROM or other electronic sources without complete and proper citation.
  • Using statistics, graphs, charts and facts without acknowledging their source.
  • Submitting a paper purchased from a term-paper service.
  • Paraphrasing, which is imitating someone else's argument using other words without acknowledging the source.
  • Claiming credit for someone else’s artistic work, such as a drawing, script, musical composition or arrangement.
  • Using someone else’s lab report as a source of data or results.
  • Using one’s own or substantially similar work, produced in connection with one course, to fulfill a requirement in another course without prior permission. A student may use the same or substantially the same work for assignments in two or more courses only with written permission from the instructors of all the classes involved.
  • Submitting the results of a machine translation or artifical intelligence (AI) program as one’s own work.

[from the WWU Academic Honesty Policy and Procedure]

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