Q. What's the difference between intentional plagiarism and unintentional plagiarism?


Intentional plagiarism is:

  • Copying someone's words or ideas without citing them, in order to pass them off as your own.
  • In other words, cheating by using someone's intellectual property.

Unintentional plagiarism is:

  • Accidentally leaving off the required citation(s) because of not understanding the rules of citation.
  • Forgetting to include a citation for any information learned from a source, even if paraphrased.

Visit this site on plagiarism prevention to see a full description of unintentional plagiarism.

See the APA Help guide for citation examples to avoid plagiarism.

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  • Last Updated Jun 27, 2019
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