Criteria Used for Indiana University Plagiarism Tests

Classification rules, rules of thumb, and test clues are provided below. These are the criteria which you should apply when taking an Indiana University Plagiarism test. These criteria will help you to decide if a student version is word-for-word plagiarism, paraphrasing plagiarism, or not plagiarism.

The criteria listed below are not the only valid criteria for classifying plagiarism in every context. However, applying the criteria listed below should help you to be successful in the context of passing an Indiana University Plagiarism Test.

Classification Rules

Does the student version borrow ideas from someone else's original source material?

Yes

No

Is at least one idea taken from the original source a direct word-for-word quote of 7 or more words?

Not plagiarism:

No word-for-word and no paraphrasing plagiarism is present.

Thus, the writing must be common knowledge or the writer's own ideas.

Yes

No

Is the direct word-for-word quote missing any of the following:

  • quotation marks
  • full in-text citation that includes a specific locator
  • reference?

Is the paraphrased idea missing any of the following:

  • in-text citation
  • reference?

Yes

Word-for-word plagiarism

No

Not word-for-word plagiarism

Yes

Paraphrasing plagiarism

No

Not
paraphrasing plagiarism

 

Rules of Thumb: Ask yourself before answering each test question

  1. Is there word-for-word plagiarism anywhere in the student version? If yes, select "Word-for-Word plagiarism." You're done with that question.
  2. If there is no word-for-word plagiarism, is there paraphrasing plagiarism anywhere in the student version? If yes, select "Paraphrasing plagiarism." You're done with that question.
  3. If there is no word-for-word and no paraphrasing plagiarism anywhere in the student version, then select "This is not plagiarism."

You may find our decision support tool helpful in leading you step-by-step through these questions.

Plagiarism Test Clues

For other ways of viewing this, see hints, decision support for answering test questions, and the diagram in the Overview section.