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How to Plagiarize: Two Easy Ways

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing or in more typical art forms artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

"Pretty is as pretty does" applies to plagiarism. No matter how pretty it looks, beware!
"Pretty is as pretty does" applies to plagiarism. No matter how pretty it looks, beware! | Source

Understand Plagiarization Before You Begin


Reading through the hubs related to the plagiarizing epidemic is food for thought. The comments can be either be frightening or enlightening.

Some of the posts offer helpful information. Others simply but justifiably express anger about the issue. Responses are both individual and shared by everyone.

Poems and paragraphs and all the other interesting side dishes that come with the fare first made me think that I did not have anything new to bring to the table.

Then it occurred to me that what we actually need is a handbook for plagiarists--a guide for those who plan to enter the world of plagiarism.


A plagiarist just fades away...
A plagiarist just fades away... | Source

If You are Going to Plagiarize be Sure You Know How


First, make sure you can spell and define what you want to be so when you learn how to plagiarize you will be able to speak and write about it knowledgeably. The word plagiary is rooted in the term kidnap. That should tell you all you need to know about what it means.

The spellings take a little thought, but if you keep a list handy you can refer to it. There's plagiary, plagiarist, plagiarer (one of the disputed usages), plagiarism, and plagiarization (a disputed spelling, plagiarisation being an alternative, but which is also a disputed usage).

More to the point of your goal, however, is that you need to know how to plagiarize if you are going to become a plagiarist. The good news is that you can learn how easy it is to tuck into the whole business.

It is a fairly brainless activity that nearly anyone can perform. Since there are evidently plenty of examples to follow I’ll just give a quick outline of two simple methods:

• The most straightforward method is to merely copy and paste a hub from someones else’s post into your own account. Some systems allow you to use the drag ‘n drop method. In just a few clicks you will have a new hub that you can say is your very own.

• The next best way you can get a new hub for your own use is to follow the directions for the first method, but then change a few of the text’s words in an effort to fool everyone, which is the main goal of a plagiarist.

Plagiarizing is not complicated. You can do it.

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Becoming a plagiarist will change the definition of who you are since currently you are not a plagiarist.

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Think Before You Plagiarize!

Smell the roses before you plagiarize.  You don't need the thorns that come with being a plagiarist!
Smell the roses before you plagiarize. You don't need the thorns that come with being a plagiarist! | Source

Important Tips for Those Contemplating Plagiary


If you are going to be a plagiarist you will want to give serious consideration to the following tips and keep them in mind:

Considering becoming a plagiarist means you are contemplating destroying any semblance of integrity you have gained in life.

Becoming a plagiarist changes the definition of who you are.

Plagiarizing is a useless exercise in futility for the lazy.

Once your plagiarism is discovered, you are on every level in a nasty predicament.

Plagiary is not legal, but worse than that, it is immoral, it is base, and it is ignoble.

Plagiarization turns someone who is already a borderline malefactor into a full-fledged miscreant.

Once labeled as a plagiarist you will have no respect or trust from peers and publishers.

Once you are caught in even one act of plagiary all of your work is suspect.

• As with other criminal activity, once the plagiarism is out in the open for everyone to see you will have a nagging voice in your head asking how many people know the truth about you.

If You have Tips for Plagiarists Feel Free to Leave them in the Comments Below

However, as a commenter you may not lower yourself to the level of a plagiarist with any expectation that your comment will be approved. You may be funny or you may be serious, but comments should be mature, raising the bar for all writers.

Your comment’s language and concepts need to be of a high nature, far above the thinking of shifty-eyed pickpockets, shiftless sneak-thieves, shirking plagiarists, and other common criminals. Though it may seem presumptuous of me, thank you ahead of time for your submissions.


Although I hope for your own sake that you wake up and smell the roses before proceeding with your plan, if you are still considering taking up plagiary be sure to read through the comments below from other readers for more tips that will help you prepare for your new venture.

If you are smart enough to reconsider plans to plagiarize, there is good practical information on copyright issues right here on HubPages. Take a look at a few more hubs and the learning center to get help in making the right decision, then check out some how to write resources and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done!

Working at writing, learning to refine your writing, and honestly being able to claim a good piece as your own is very fulfilling. It also has the potential to give you long-term profits. It's worth it--just ask anyone who legitimately works on their writing.


Your Business Won't be Sustained by this Method

One design for a plagiarizer's business card.
One design for a plagiarizer's business card. | Source

Studies on Plagiarism:


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Update your knowledge on the topic.

Fight plagiarism and help the community.

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Plagiarism and the web continues to trend.

Learn about ethical writing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sandyspider:

      Thank you!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Great hub on plagiarism.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much--I'm glad you enjoyed this look at plagiary.

      "They just do it anyway" is too true. If a person does a lot of reading it is possible to inadvertently do this in a small way, but the extent to which it is taken can be astonishing--zero shame!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Love it! I've have a few of my hubs stolen by plagiarists and always how they can live with themselves. One poor guy actually believed that anything on the web is free for the taking, but the vast majority know better. They just do it anyway.

      I just don't get it. My self respect would never allow such thievery, but I guess to many it just an alternative way of life. Not people I would care to call friend, though.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Wesley Meacham:

      Thanks much for sharing your input here. Each time I come back to this hub I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes: You can say a dog has five legs if you call the tail a leg, but that doesn't make the tail a leg, courtesy of A. Lincoln. :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      phdast7:

      Finding something to laugh about for this topic wasn't easy. I'm glad you appreciated this attempt. :)

      Thanks much for your visit and your input!

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      Wesley Meacham 5 years ago from Wuhan, China

      Kind of funny. It surprises me that so many people expected what is obviously a tongue-in-cheek article to seriously be promoting plagiarism.

      Voted up.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh, RT - I laughed out loud at your clever and creative use of "malefactor and miscreant" in the same sentence. Bravo!, But the topic also makes me just want to cry. Plagiarism is such a problem, on the web, at HP, in the college classroom, even in business. And it it indicative of lazy, immoral and corrupt attitudes.

      This was a wonderful Hub. SHARING

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      suzettenaples:

      Glad you enjoyed this hub. Plagiarism is an issue that should be handled carefully!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a wonderful response to all those out there stealing hubs and those that copy and paste. This is so funny and says so much. Great idea and the best way to answer the plagiarists. Bravo!!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Cardisa:

      Well, you are quite welcome! :)

      Plagiarizing is nothing to laugh at, but when we think about the consequences for plagiarizers, a wry smile has to squeak out.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      rmcleve:

      I appreciate that you let me know of your experience with this hub that teaches how to plagiarize! :) It's nice to know that a hub like this is well-recieved rather than misunderstood. Thanks much for your visits and comments! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      barbergirl28:

      Indeed, there is quite enough plagiarism out there, and I'm also glad you opened this up to see what in the world this could mean! I'm especially glad you laughed about it--one takes risks when writing hubs sometimes! ;)

      I'm so sorry that happened to you and I hope it is all straightened out now. I'm going to check to see if you've written about it, if not, maybe you should--yes, that's a hint. :)

      So appreciate your visit and your part in this dialogue!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I came over here guns blazing ready to give you a piece of my mind but you threw me off guard! Thanks for letting me down...lol

      Here is my tip; need to copy something plagiarizer, you just mess with me and you may just get what you are looking for!

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      Rachael Cleveland 5 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      I too read this hub with an "are you kidding me" attitude, but was pleasantly surprised by your great vocabulary and flow. Great post! It is kind of like the positive, kind way of explaining something while also portraying the DON'T EVER DO THIS reality. You're a great writer and I look forward to more!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I will admit... I clicked on this hub with a "Are you kidding me" kind of thought. After all, there is enough plagerism out there, yet to teach someone... I am glad though that I opened it up to see what you had to say... cause I am totally laughing.

      Recently one of my recipe hubs was plagerized. However, in their attempt to not only steal my work, they also attempted to steal my life, somehow having experiences very similar to me. But, in their attempt to fool everyone into thinking this was an original, they did change some words. A good type to a plagerist... if you are going to take my work, at least take the time to read it after you change the words. I don't want to look dumb either! :) Great hub! Up, useful and sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      2patricias:

      I'm glad you could laugh at the irony of the flagrant disregard for being genuine, at least! I'm glad this hub on plagiary gave you a smile, too. Thanks much for letting me know!

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      We think the best sort of plagiarist is one with a sense of irony. Over the years we have had a few things stolen (yes, stolen - not re-worked or any of those soft words). Our all-time favourite is the website for a company that makes handbags - they added the text from our hub on what to look for when choosing a handbag. There was nothing we could do, as the website doesn't use Google - and was based in China. As far as we could work out, the company makes cheap copies of designer bags - hence the ironing in stealing our text.

      What could we do but laugh. So we enjoyed your hub - thanks.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      picklesandrufus:

      It's difficult to know if a hub like this will put people off or if they will enjoy the read so thanks for letting me hear from you! :)

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I think you gave anyone considering plagiarism something to think about. You are right, it's not hard; rather mindless really. Nice hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Jo_Goldsmith11:

      It was interesting to read that the root of plagiary comes from kidnap because our writing is a personal work, a part of us. Kidnapped seems an appropriate description of what happens when writing is plagiarized.

      Thanks so much for checking this out and for your input!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      This is a great article! I appreciate you providing the information to check to see if my work had been *kidnapped*. This is a horrible thing. Bravo! For bringing attention to the lazy and lame folks who do such a rotten thing! I voted up and shared on twitter too! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for your input on plagiarizing, Vellur. It isn't a funny topic, but humor can be used to make a point and I hope this hub gave you a bit of a laugh.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Palgiarizing is not the way to write. It is like stealing. A humorous take on a serious matter.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      grayghost:

      That's a good way to put it! I'm glad you were able to connect the dots and stop following a plagiarizer!

      Thanks for contributing your experience to this hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      sofs:

      So glad you enjoyed this. I'm afraid you are right about plagiarists--there's a lot to it all. Thanks for adding to this hub!

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      grayghost 5 years ago

      Great Hub!

      I never said anything in any forum, but I did stop following one very productive Hubber. He wrote so much great stuff it actually discouraged me. That is, until I started Googling (is that a word?) his topics. I was amazed and quite disappointed at what I found. You could write the same Hubs cutting and pasting two or three of the searched topic sites and changing a sentence here and a word there. It's like photographing a painting and trying to sell it as your own original work of art!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      LOL this was fun a read.. I like the tips here... but I guess most plagiarists have already crossed those lines.. Have a great day!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela99:

      Thanks for your inupt! I wondered if this would fall like a lead balloon or if the tongue-in-cheek spirit would satisfy readers.

      The bottom line, though, is that stealing others' work is not a good thing for anyone involved.

      Appreciate your visit very much!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345:

      How about that--I promise I did not plagiarize your work! :)

      Good for you for teaching your students well, and thanks very much for joining this dialogue!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I didn't expect a "how to plagiarize" beginning in your hub, and I really like the list of reasons to reconsider their actions. Of course,they should change the name of the article and it would be smart to change the first couple of sentences. But, how can anyone feel good about stealing the work of another?

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This reminds me of the speech I make the first day of class to students on essay writing. Sadly, many do exactly what you wrote, they simply change the words around and then tack on their name. Thanks for being our voice on this matter.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      cherylone:

      Awwww--I was going to keep that one a secret! ;-)

      Thanks for stopping in and letting me know you enjoyed learning how to plagiarize.

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      LOL Great Hub, but you forgot to add that a plagiarist must change the name of the author on the hub to their own name so that it isn't quite so obvious that they took someone else's writing.....

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      diamond1mo:

      Thanks!

      That is true in the classroom. My main focus is actually rather centered on HP, but reading up on how it is handled in the classroom has been interesting.

      Thanks for jumping in on this one!

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      KE Morgan 5 years ago from Arizona

      Good article. Totally caught by surprise. I was prepared to shoot down the tips on how instructors with high expectation can always catch you- and instructors don't have to prove it- just suspect it.