Unintentional Plagiarism

Unintentional plagiarism is plagiarism that occurs when a writer fails to follow proper scholarly procedures for citation without an explicit intent to cheat.

Examples of unintentional plagiarism include the failure to...

  • cite a source that is not common knowledge
  • quote an author's exact words, even if documented
  • paraphrase or summarize in your own words, even if documented
  • be loyal to a source' tone, intentions, or words

Unintentional plagiarism is a violation of Jackson State's academic integrity policy, and ignorance of the rules is no excuse for committing plagiarism. Among your responsibilities as a student at Jackson State is to know how to cite sources properly according to current scholarly procedures. On the following pages, we'll explain how to navigate the rules that guide plagiarism practices.

The Rules >>