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Copyright & Plagiarism: Plagiarism

Key Resources

The purpose of this guide is to provide resources for the topic of copyright and related issues.  On this page, find out more about plagiarism and how to avoid it through websites and videos.

Additional Resources on Plagiarism

Avoiding Self-Plagiarism and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing

      From the U. S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, a tutorial from the Office of Research Integrity on all aspects of plagiarism.


      New York Online provides a quality Web site on the topic of plagiarism.  It contains useful information for students, instructors, and answers to "essential questions."

      A useful Web site to gain more understanding of plagiarism.

Defining Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

"to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source."

OR "to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source."

plagiarize (2013) In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrived May 8, 2013 from

"The term "plagiarism' includes, but is not limited to, the use - by paraphrase or direct quotation - of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement.  It also includes the failure to acknowledge the use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials." Palmer College Student Handbook, Article I, Code of Ethics -

Types of plagiarism


  • Mixing words or ideas from an unacknowledged source with your own words or ideas
  • Mixing together uncited words or ideas from several sources into a signle work
  • Mixing together properly cited uses of a source with uncited uses

   Direct Plagiarism

  • A phrase or passage that is copied word for word, but not quoted


  • Rephrasing another person's work and inserting into your own work without acknowledging the original source

   Insufficient Acknowledgement

  • Half-crediting a source; whereby you acknowledge the author's work the first time, but continue to use the author's words without giving additional attribution

How to Cite Properly

One of the most important ways to avoid plagiarism is to cite sources properly.  Check this guide for information on how to do that:


This guide does not supply legal advice, nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel. 

Palmer College of Chiropractic is not responsible for the content of the external websites contained in this research guide.  The views and opinions of the authors expressed in these external websites do not necessarily state or reflect those of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Detecting Plagiarism

Detecting Plagiarism

  • The writing style and language are above the level at which the student usually writes.
  • The student uses jargon and specialized terminology that is inconsistent with the student's level of knowledge.
  • The quality of writing is inconsistent.  The beginning and ending of the paper is deficient, but the body is well written.
  • The paper contains references that are not included in the reference list.
  • The reference list is inaccurate or incomplete.


         Useful site for instructors and students to prevent the spread of internet plagiarism.


         Many times, entering the suspicious phrase into the Google search box yields the document it came from.

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