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Defining Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

  • To plagiarize is to "steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own; use (another's production) without crediting the source." (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., 2003)
  • When you work on a research paper, you will probably find supporting material for your paper from works by others.  It's okay to use the ideas of other people and to quote them, but you also need to correctly give credit to them.

It is plagiarism when you:

  • Buy or use a term paper written by someone else.
  • Copy and paste passages from the Web, a book, or an article and insert them into your paper without citing them.
  • Use the exact works or ideas of another person without citing them.
  • Paraphrase that person's works without citing them.

Plagiarism and English-as-Second-Language Students

Attitudes towards using someone else's work vary from country to country. In some counties, it may even be a sign of respect to use or copy someone else's work!

In Indonesia, and at UPH, using someone else's work or words without giving proper credit is considered PLAGIARISM and the consequences are severe.  While studying at UPH, you will be expected to give proper credit for every source that you use in your academic writing.

If you take a class with a native English-speaking faculty member, you may be even more tempted to plagiarize, especially if you don't feel completely confident in your English speaking and writing abilities. Copying information from Bahasa Indonesia web sites, using Google Translate to convert the information into English, and then pasting it into papers you submit IS PLAGIARISM!

For help, visit the below website or watch some of the online tutorials on plagiarism so you clearly understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Online Tutorials to Help You Avoid Plagiarism

10 Types of Plagiarism

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Indonesian Plagiarism Regulations and Policies