What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is not a legal term, but an ethical one and varies from place to place. In Alumniyat.com, we have rules about this issue:
- Any 5 consecutive words in a row from a creative work (poem, short story, etc.) is considered plagiarism.
- Any 16 consecutive words in a row from a general work is considered plagiarism.
- Also, you cannot just copy a sentence and substitute a few words inside with synonyms to avoid being caught for plagiarism, since we have ways to check for that too. (See scenario #4 in the quiz below.)
- If you must use other work, you need to mention the source and put the sentence or phrase in quotation marks: “like this.”
- We check for plagiarism using Google’s search engine, then we double check manually.
- If you break these rules many times, it is up to the editor of the site or the management team to stop your membership or make you rewrite the article again before allowing you to participate in the site.
Type of plagiarism:
A quiz and proof of completion: