This Flowchart Explains The Severity Of Different Types Of Plagiarism

This Flowchart Explains The Severity Of Different Types Of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious offence, but it can sometimes be hard to determine if you’ve actually plagiarised or not. This flow chart helps you determine if you’ve plagiarised, and explains the severity of each type of violation.

Curtis Newbold “The Visual Communication Guy” is back with another helpful chart that can help you identify whether you’ve accidentally copied somebody else’s work, and how big a deal it is. Just follow the chart step by step to make sure you’re not copying someone else’s work or see how much you need to tone down the use of their ideas.

If you’re more concerned with pictures, check out Newbold’s flowchart for using images on the internet.

Did I Plagiarize? [The Visual Communication Guy via]


  • It’s very interesting and all, but I really don’t get why it’s a flow chart considering that each bubble is basically “yes => oh that’s means you’re this”/”no => move to next question”. It could just as easily have been explained in a table or line chart. Also, what if you answer No to that last question?

  • It’s not a very useful flowchart, even if its intent is quite good and potentially useful. It’s not actually possible for any but the first box under “Did I Plagiarize” (sic) to be reached with relevance. If, for example, you answer No to the first box, then you immediately get sent off to the left, with no arrow leading to any of the subsequent boxes. If you answer Yes, then none of the other boxes is even possibly relevant, and yet that’s where you get taken.

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