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PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the practice of presenting someone else’s words as one’s own, by including them in one’s work without full or proper acknowledgment. Whether intentional or reckless, plagiarism represents an unacceptable academic practice. It is a disciplinary offence which we do not tolerate at the American studies department.

The main forms of plagiarism are:

Direct (copy-paste) plagiarism -- This is the word-for-word transcription of a part of someone else’s work, without acknowledgment and without quotation marks.

Mosaic plagiarism -- This occurs when a student borrows phrases from a source without using quotation marks, or finds synonyms for the author’s language while keeping to the same general structure and meaning of the original. This is academically dishonest and punishable – even if you include your source in the works cited list!

Self plagiarism -- This occurs when a student submits his or her own previous work, or mixes parts of previous works, to different classes without permission from all professors involved.

Please note that repeated use of long quotations (even with quotation marks and with proper acknowledgement) in an essay made by piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole represents another form of plagiarism.

Here you can find out more details about forms of plagiarism: PDF
Further explanations, examples and decisions taken by the University of Bucharest are available here.


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