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Wikipedia defines plagiarism as the "wrongful appropriation" and "purloining and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work. Plagiarism is not a crime per se but in academia and industry it is a serious ethical offense and cases of plagiarism can constitute copyright infringement.

Webster’s dictionary defines plagiarism as: 

  • the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person:
  • the act of plagiarizing something.

Plagiarism[3] Plagiarism is not always a black and white issue. The boundary between plagiarism and research is often unclear. Authors of the[4] ] believe that learning to recognize the various forms of plagiarism, especially the more ambiguous ones, is an important step towards effective prevention. They distinguish between 10 types of plagiarism[5]:

1. CLONE –  Submitting another’s work, word-for-word, as one’s own
2. CRTL + C – Contains significant portions of text from a single source without alterations
3. FIND & REPLACE – - Changing key words and phrases but retaining the essential content of the source
4. REMIX - Paraphrases from multiple sources, made to fit together
5. RECYCLE – Borrows generously from the writer’s previous work without citation
6. HYBRID – Combines perfectly cited sources with copied passages without citation
7. MASHUP – Mixes copied material from multiple sources
8. 404 ERROR - Includes citations to non-existent or inaccurate information about sources
9. AGGREGATOR  – Includes proper citation to sources but the paper contains almost no original work
10. RE-TWEET – Includes proper citation, but relies too closely on the text’s original wording


The University of Maribor and plagiarism

The University of Maribor is aware of its role in awareness of and control over plagiarism, because it affects the quality of its study, students’ final theses and of the University itself. In 2012 a workgroup for the control over plagiarism was established and a document for Plagiarism Control at the University of Maribor was introduced. The development team under the lead of prof. Milan Ojsteršek at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science developed software for the plagiarism control and this software is installed in DKUM. All the final theses must be submitted in electronic form and they undergo the plagiarism controlling process.

Contact persons for plagiarism are in the University of Maribor Library Bernarda Korez or Dunja Legat.

[3] What is plagiarism? Pridobljeno 1. 8. 2013 s spletne strani

[4] Pridobljeno 1. 8. 2013 s spletne strani