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What Are The Different Types of Plagiarism?

Turnitin's “Plagiarism Spectrum” identifies 10 types of plagiarism based on findings from a worldwide survey of nearly 900 secondary and higher education instructors.  Each type of plagiarism has been given a “Web 2.0”-related name to help draw attention to the significant role that the internet and social media play in student writing.  The names are also intended to help make the types easier to identify and remember.

The Spectrum ranks the plagiarism types by severity of intent and also provides data on the frequency and problematic nature of each type.

The “Clone,” which is submitting another’s work as one’s own, came up with the highest frequency in our survey. And, the “Hybrid,” which is the mixing of copied information from multiple sources, came up as the least frequent.  In terms of what concerned instructors the most, the Clone came out as the most problematic, with “Re-Tweet” and “Remix” coming up as the least.

For a complete listing of the types with their definitions, please refer to the Tagging 10 Types of Unoriginal Work infographic.

Written by Turnitin Marketing Manager, Jason Chu

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