the cardinal sin of the academic world


Start by looking over’s “Plagiarism Spectrum: Tagging the 10 Types of Unoriginal Work.”

Then watch Bainbridge State College’s “Plagiarism: How to avoid it” for a brief discussion of the main types of plagiarism.

Review by watching WriteCheckVideos’ discussion of the ten types of plagiarism that are used on the Plagiarism Spectrum infographic.

Finally, see if you can identify the following TED-Ed plagiarism examples by their Plagiarism Spectrum titles.

Click here for the full lesson at

For further guidance on plagiarism, see:

  •, sponsored by WriteCheck, which is owned by iParadigms, the same company that owns - Best Practices for Ensuring Originality in Written Work
  • The MIT series on “Citing Your Sources.” The discussion of “Common Knowledge” is one of the clearest discussions of what constitutes common knowledge and would therefore not need to be cited.

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