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Of the five most common types of plagiarism, these are the two most commonly found in student papers:

"Copy & Paste Plagiarism"
Any time you lift a sentence or significant phrase intact from a source, you must use quotations marks and reference the source. Sentences and phrases must have quotation marks and citation in order to escape an accusation of “excessive use of undocumented sources.” In 200-level courses or lower, these errors are usually the result of not knowing yet how to properly document sources. However, if large portions of an original source are used without documentation, instructors tend to assume that the plagiarism was intentional rather than accidental.

"Word Switch Plagiarism"
If you take a sentence from a source and change around a few words, it is still plagiarism. This is commonly done by students intending to commit plagiarism but hoping that using synonyms and switched word order will prevent the plagiarism checking program from identifying the original sources. Because it is “overt” and not an accident, its detection is grounds for punishments ranging from failure of the assignment or course up to the possibility of being expelled from the university, regardless of the course level.

How to Avoid Committing Plagiarism 1. Any Information taken from another source (even from the textbook) must have an in-text citation which points to the full bibliographical information for that source on the References page at the end of the essay. 2. Quoting should be kept to a minimum. One or two sentences (or even just a couple of words) can be quoted directly from a source only when that information in a specific sentence cannot be expressed in another way; but there must be quotation marks to indicate where the direct quote begins and ends in order for the reader to be able to recognize which parts are your ideas and which…...

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