is the act of copying someone else text or ideas and claiming them tobe your own. In other words, it is “stealing and Publication” ofother people thoughts, expression, ideas without the authorauthorization and presenting the works as one’s own.


  • Academic offense of dishonesty

  • An act of fraud

  • Easy to detect using some plagiarism detector websites

  • Is not punishable under U. S civil law


  • Coping ideas and words from someone else without giving credit

  • Falsifying sources and quotations

  • Coping a lot of information from other sources

  • Publishing someone else work

  • Giving false information about the source of information

  • Copying sentence structure of another words and changing some words without giving credit

  • Failing to put direct quotation in the quotation marks

Howto avoid plagiarism

  • Always citing the correct sources

  • Acknowledging the ideas and materials used been borrowed from other sources

  • Providing the audience with the correct information where to find the source

  • Paraphrasing the statement by changing the words and the sentence structure

Studentsplagiarize because

  • Deadline pressure

  • Poor writing skills

  • Perception that any other person is doing it

  • Poor time management


Copyrightis the legal right given law of a country to the creators of originalwork. The original authors have exclusive rights to use anddistribute their work within a given duration in order to compensatetheir intellectual efforts. Copyright begins when a person presenthis or her work in a tangible and physical form.

Rightsof copyright holders

  • Use and distribute their work to the public

  • Reproduce their work

  • Prepare derivative works

  • Display their works

  • Present or perform their work in public