Surely you've heard of or know a fellow graduate who copied some stretch or all of the work of another person and delivered it as if it were of own authorship. It sounds easy does not it?



But it is worth remembering that although this act is not uncommon in academia, it can be considered a crime.

And it is not only in undergraduate courses that this mistake happens. The German

Annette Schavan resigned her position as Minister of Education of Germany and lost her doctoral degree from the University of Dusseldorf, because according to the educational institution she acted intentionally and with the intention of deceiving the scientific community with her plagiarized work .

However, intentionally or not, it is important that you do not fall into this error, after all, academic plagiarism is one of the criteria that most disqualify an academic production.

So if you are interested in the subject and want to know more about academic plagiarism, keep reading this article because we will tell you what it is and give you some tips on how to avoid it.


What is Plagiarism?


It is defined as academic plagiarism when a person makes use of other author's phrases, concepts or ideas without citing him correctly in his work. The use of tables, pictures or images without reference or even permission of the author is also considered plagiarism.

But as the concept of plagiarism is very broad, there are several categories that specify all infractions that are characterized as plagiarism. So keep reading this text to know what those categories are and not make those mistakes.


Integral Plagiarism


Integral plagiarism happens when the author copies a passage or even the whole work of a person without giving him the due credits. This is the most serious mistake that a person can make, because it shows lack of ethics and commitment to the work being performed.


Partial Plagiarism


Unlike what happens in integral plagiarism, partial plagiarism happens when the author does all his work based on the copy of sentences or even paragraphs of more than one author without mentioning them in his work.

Conceptual Plagiarism


Conceptual plagiarism is defined by the use of the ideas of a certain author in his work, and as with other types of academic plagiarism, the author of the original work is not quoted.


Use standards in your favor


One of the best ways to avoid committing academic plagiarism in your work is through knowing the standards to write essays in your country, because through them you can understand the correct way to do citations in your scientific article or in your essay.


But how to detect if there was academic plagiarism?


If you have done your essay with due references to the authors mentioned, but still have some doubts about the suitability of what was written, or want to check if some of their work has been plagiarized, it is possible to use some tools for the detection of academic plagiarism . Shall we go to them?




Plagius is one of the most well-known programs in the academic plagiarism detection market. It issues a report with information on the references found, the number of occurrences on the Internet and the percentage of suspected plagiarism.

This program has personal and professional packages and, according to the plan you choose, it allows you to check if the work in question is excerpts copied from internet sites or other files on your computer.




Plagium is also an online platform where you can analyze the texts and all sources found are shown in order of relevance. In addition, the sources also present publication date and the respective links. This program has paid packages and free packages.


Other Ways to Avoid Committing Academic Plagiarism


Another way to avoid committing academic plagiarism is by researching books or scientific journals when it comes to doing your essay. Avoid using unknown sources from the internet, because the chances of the cited source not being true is great.

In addition, it is important to write down all your bibliographic references and quote them correctly at the end of your essay in accordance with standard writing from your country.

Therefore, when it comes to carrying out your academic work, do not forget our tips, for "mistakes” like these can lead to the same mistake made by former German Minister Annette Schavan. And you do not want to lose your titles or end your career, do you?