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CHIN 355 - Chinese Literature in Translation

A guide to Gleeson Library for Chinese Literature in Translation students

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The issue of plagiarism can be a confusing one for students. A general rule is that any quotation or reference to someone else's work or ideas needs to be cited. However, plagiarism can take many forms. 

Different Types of Plagiarism

Though some types of plagiarism are more common than others, it's important to be familiar with all types. Complete plagiarism is the most serious form but, paraphrasing is the most common. 

Complete Plagiarism

Complete plagiarism is basically copying of an entire project and passing it off as one's own. This is the most serious form. 

Source-based Plagiarism

There are a few forms of plagiarism that are source-based:

  • citing a source that does't exist or is incorrect
  • citing the primary source incorrectly instead of the secondary source.

For example. using information from a study and citing a resource in the bibliography of that study.

  • creating fake data 
  • falsifying data to get the desired result

Direct Plagiarism

This form of plagiarism occurs when a portion of text is copied without giving the author credit. 

Self or Auto Plagiarism

This occurs when you use a portion of work you did for another project without citing yourself.

Paraphrasing Plagiarism

This happens when only a few words are changed or rephrased, but the general idea has not changed. This is the most common form of plagiarism!

Inaccurate Authorship

When an author does work in a group and is left out of the credits or when someone who did not work on a project is credited, this is inaccurate authorship. 

Mosaic Plagiarism

"Mosaic plagiarism may be more difficult to detect because it interlays someone else’s phrases or text within its own research. It is also known as patchwork plagiarism and it is intentional and dishonest."

Accidental Plagiarism

Sometimes, plagiarism happens by accident, and although this is common, it's important to give people credit for the work they do. It is important to check work thoroughly and keep track of sources to make sure no plagiarism is occurring. The consequences can be very serious!



"8 Most Common Types of Plagiarism to Stay Away from!" Enago Academy, 26 November 2021,

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