Intentional Plagiarism: Definition & Examples

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  • 1:12 Why Do Students Plagiarize?
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Instructor: Vivian Taylor
Intentional plagiarism is one type of academic dishonesty. In this lesson, we will learn the definition of the term and examine several examples. A quiz will gauge understanding.

What Is Intentional Plagiarism?

Intentional plagiarism is the purposeful passing off of someone else's ideas or words as your own. This is one of two types of plagiarism. The other is unintentional, which is not purposeful. Of the two, intentional plagiarism is generally considered worse because it involves conscious, pre-meditated deception.


Let's go over some examples of intentional plagiarism. One example is buying a pre-written research paper online. Another is using a stock essay. A stock essay might include one from a fraternity or sports team paper archive, for instance. Only changing a few words or phrases from the original source without proper citation is an example of intentional plagiarism. So is only rearranging sentences and word order from the original source without proper citation. Finally, intentional plagiarism includes not giving credit, or citations, to someone else's ideas. Some of these examples of plagiarism are easy for instructors to detect with anti-plagiarism software that many high schools, colleges, and universities now require them to use.

Why Do Students Plagiarize?

Students plagiarize for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is lack of confidence in their own ideas and writing. Other reasons include laziness, desperation, stress, ignorance, careless note-taking, lack of intellectual investment, procrastination, anxiety, and lack of perceived consequences.

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