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Exact Copy Plagiarism

There are two types of exact copy plagiarism ó whole source and partial copy.

Whole source plagiarism is claiming an entire work as your own. The most common example is when a student puts his or her name on a paper written by another person. Whole source plagiarism also includes claiming to be the creator of such things as a work of art, an entire song, or a scientific theorem. Examples of plagiarizing an entire paper include turning in as your own work:

  • a friendís paper
  • a purchased paper
  • a paper published in another source such as a journal or the Internet

Partial copy plagiarism occurs when the exact words or content from a source are inserted as part of your paper without giving proper attribution. Examples include

  • cutting and pasting from an electronic source
  • copying from a printed source
  • repeating a conversation, interview remarks, etc. verbatim
  • inserting a photo, audio clip, or other multimedia element
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Last updated 02/26/2004 by Sue Thompson
Cal State San Marcos Library