What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you copy, paste or write down other people's work and don't give them any credit. You make that your own work and claim it to be yours when it isn't. Also, if it is something good, you get all the credit when you didn't even break a sweat.

What is Self-Plagiarism?

Self-plagiarism, "recycling fraud", is when you reuse the almost same looking work without giving any credit.
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Other People's Comments

"Plagiarism is when you copy something off directly. It's copy, paste," said Mr. S.

"It makes you brain useless. You are basically taking other people's thoughts and making them as your own," pointed out Mr. D.

"Plagiarism is when you are copying other people's work," replied Miss. A.

"Plagiarism is not good. It is unacceptable. You shouldn't copy off other people's work. Do your own thing. Do your own work. Be original," declared Mrs. M.


  • Get kicked out of school and or university.
  • Get 0.
  • Destroy your reputation as a student.
  • If you are in a good business, you will get your professional reputation demolished.
  • You will not be able to enter a good university.
  • If you plagiarize in high school and get expelled, it will be very hard to get into one.
  • No good business will accept you.
  • It will be hard to find a job.
  • It will be extremely hard to get into a high quality career.

Two Real-World Cases

Kaavya Viswanathan: She was a university student in Harvard. Kaavya "wrote" a novel and many people liked it and praised her. In the end, they found out that she had copied big sections of text from other novels written by different authors. In the end, Kaavya apologized for what she had done.

Melissa Elias: This girl lives in New Jersey and is the president of the Madison School Board. She had copied the speech she had presented. In the end, Melissa apologized publicly and was removed from her post.
A Tutorial on Plagiarism

Interesting Facts

  • 59% of high school students= cheated on a test last year.
  • 34% high school students= cheated on a test last year more than two times.
  • One high school student out of three= used the Internet to plagiarize on an assignment.
  • In a survey of 24,000 high school students= Donald McCabe, Rutgers University, 95% said that they cheated in some form. For example, on a test, copying off of someone else's homework or plagiarism.
  • In a survey of 24,000 high school students= Donald McCabe, Rutgers University, 58% said that they have plagiarized.
  • In a survey of 24,000 high school students= Donald McCabe, Rutgers University, 64% said that they cheated on a test.
  • 7%= turned in homework that was not theirs.
  • 17% of graduated students= cheated on a test.
  • 40% of graduated students= cheated on written assignments.
  • 43% of graduated students in total= cheated on test or written assignment.
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