How to Check the 7 Most Common Types of Plagiarism?

Know that taking someone’s ideas is like stealing. If you steal from a shop, you get into legal trouble. Plagiarists also face legal problems.

Think you write an essay for many hours. Then someone else hands it in as their own work. They say they did the work themselves. This is plagiarism. It is bad for the real writer.

Say a journalist takes words from somewhere else. They add it to their story without saying where they got it from. They pretend it is their own writing. This is wrong. The journalist could lose their job and their good name and might get sued.

1. Complete plagiarism

A very bad type of plagiarism is to take all of somebody’s work. You say it is yours. You change nothing. You do not say where it came from. Schools think this is wrong. You could fail or get in legal trouble.

If you steal someone’s work on purpose, you can be caught. You might get a zero. You could fail the course. They might kick you out of school. Or you could be sued.

2. Direct plagiarism

Direct plagiarism is when you copy parts of someone else’s work. You do not say it is not yours. You might copy a big part or just a little piece but do not give credit.

Direct plagiarism is like complete plagiarism. What changes is how much you copy. Direct plagiarism involves copying some parts, but copying the entire work means taking all the content. Both can lead to serious problems.

3. Paraphrasing plagiarism

Paraphrasing plagiarism is a sneaky theft of someone’s work. It happens when a writer changes someone else’s idea without giving credit. The main point is the original idea does not change. This type of plagiarism is common because it is not easy to spot. Still, universities and businesses see it as a big wrong to intellectual property rights.

Imagine a student writes a paper and finds a useful idea. Instead of citing the person who came up with the idea, the student changes some words and says it is their idea. Here, the student paraphrases plagiarism by taking the idea without proper credit.

4. Self-plagiarism

Self-plagiarism happens when you repeat your own work in a new way without saying it was used before. Many people do not think self-plagiarism is bad, but it is as bad as normal plagiarism. It is not right to reuse your work where new and original ideas are important. Some might self-plagiarize to save time or to not do more work. It seems okay, but it really hurts the trust and fairness of the work.

Let’s say a researcher writes a new paper in the same area as an old paper. The researcher uses old paper again. They say it is new but do not say it is old work. They did self-plagiarism because they did not say they were using their old ideas for new work.

5. Patchwork plagiarism

Patchwork plagiarism is when someone uses parts from many places and makes them one new thing. It is hard to tell because the old and new are mixed up. It can cause big problems like giving wrong ideas to people and hurting the real writer.

For example, a student takes information for an essay. They do not say where they got it from. Their essay looks new, but it is actually patchworked plagiarism. The students act like they wrote it all, but they do not.

6. Source-based plagiarism

Source-based plagiarism is when someone does not tell where they got their ideas from properly. They may use others’ work and make it look like they wrote it. Giving the wrong source confuses readers.

An example is a writer who finds a quote and uses it wrong. They give credit to the wrong person. This changes what the quote means and confuses the reader.

It is important to name all the sources to avoid plagiarizing by mistake. Enough citations show the researcher did their homework and made their own ideas from other sources. If the writer tells all their sources correctly, we will find source-based stealing fast.

If someone steals ideas, it is like putting on another’s shoes. The real maker gets all the thanks, but the one wearing them thinks they are showing off. But the first person already said it, and the other one gets the gain.

7. Accidental plagiarism

When a person does not mean to forget the sources in their work, it is an accident. This mistake is often made when people do not remember to put in citations or quotation marks. Even without meaning to, it is still a big problem and can cause big trouble.

Anyone can forget to put citations or quotation marks. A student might not remember to cite after changing words from a book. Or a writer might forget quotation marks when they copy from a book. These are both such mistakes, but they can cause the same big problems.

Now, we use computer minds to find words that are stolen. These computer minds work fast with new tech and compare writings to many documents. They help us tell if writing is real.

But these computer minds that find stealing words can also make mistakes. Sometimes, they say something is stolen when it is not. Sometimes, the tool says a text is copying when it is not. Also, AI can only see if words are copied. It might not see copied images or videos.

The importance of avoiding plagiarism

After studying the 7 most common forms of plagiarism, it is important not to copy others’ work. Copying can hurt your name and break the rights of the one who first made the work. Copying is like running a red light; both are wrong, and you can get in trouble for them. Do not copy by doing good research and saying where you got your ideas. Make sure you check your work so you do not copy by accident.

When you write, remember to write down where you got your ideas. This means you say thank you to the person who first thought of what you are using. People often say where they got ideas by writing them in the text, at the bottom of the page, or at the end of the work. Your teacher will tell you how they want you to do this.

When you use someone’s ideas but say it differently, you need to do it right. It is not enough to just change a few words. Instead, try to say the idea in a new way. You could change how the sentence sounds, use different words, or say the main point in your way.

You need to say thank you even if you just changed the words or used their exact words. You do this by writing their name in your work. This could be a small note at the end of your work or right where you used their idea. If you do not give credit to the person who had the idea first, you steal their work. This is called plagiarism, and it can be a big problem in school or at work.


Plagiarism is everywhere, and it is bad for people who write or study. We must understand why it is important to say who had an idea first. We should not steal by accident. We need to use quotes, change words into our own, and say who did the work first to avoid stealing.

When you plagiarize, it is like you are a thief taking someone’s special thing. Writers and students should do the right thing, like pirates, with rules for sharing. We must be fair when we use other people’s work.