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Exploring Academic Integrity in Your Research: A Tutorial

A UO Libraries self-guided tutorial on integrity in library research and using sources ethically

5 - Plagiarism


When attribution is not given for other people’s work or ideas, that is known as plagiarism. Sometimes the intent is to pass others' work off as one's own, but in many cases, plagiarism is the unintentional result of ineffective note-taking, failing to understand citation practices, or rushing to complete a project.

Accidental plagiarism can happen in any field. Below are three examples of unintentional plagiarism that happened to well-known scholars. Click on the links to read related news articles.

Example Biology

Example History

Example Political Science


A famed primatologist accidentally included text from websites (including Wikipedia) in her book.


A Pulitzer-winning historian blamed poor note taking for accidentally using another author’s words verbatim.


A well-known political journalist has come under scrutiny for not citing his sources adequately.