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Plagiarism Prevention & Awareness: Home

This guide provides students with a wide range of web resources aimed to help bring about plagiarism awareness and prevention.

Plagiarism Tutorial

Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial 

View the tutorial videos and take the accompanying assessments in Hoonuit.  Click the video links below and login with your UMass login credentials.

What Is Plagiarism?

According to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary plagiarism is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own.” Plagiarism also means:

  • Submitting someone else's work (in whole, part, or paraphrase) as one's own without fully and properly crediting the author;
  • Submitting as one's original work materials obtained from an individual or agency;
  • Submitting as one's own original work material that has been produced through unacknowledged collaboration with others.

    What Is Cyber-Cheating?

    Cyber-cheating is another form of plagiarism and includes:

    • Cutting and pasting someone else's Web work and submitting it as your own;
    • Downloading essays, papers, speeches etc. from the Web and turning them in as your own;
    • Buying essays, papers, speeches etc. from the Web and turning them in as your own.

    What is Academic Dishonesty?

    Academic dishonesty takes place when unapproved materials are utilized and deliberate attempts are made to mislead others concerning your academic knowledge and skills.


    It’s academic dishonesty:

    • if you are using unapproved materials such as smartphones during a test to check for answers
    • if you are copying the work of others, intentionally or unintentionally
    • when you invent or falsify data, lab results or images
    • if you doing the academic work of others
    • if you are buying or selling academic work on the web or from other students

    Plagiarism is a specific form of academic cheating. Plagiarism is submitting another's work without properly crediting the author.

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