We often assume that all people who plagiarize are deliberately dishonest. In fact intentionally planned plagiarism is fairly rare. Much of plagiarism is simply due to carelessness or to not understanding what plagiarism means.
Plagiarism can be considered as a spectrum. On the picture below (requires Flash plug-in to view), move your mouse over the purple area of Frankenstein’s brain to see where different actions stand on the plagiarism spectrum.
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Last updated 8/23/2012 by Sue Thompson