How do I find the definition and cases of plagiarism in the library databases?


For definitions of plagiarism, start with the Oxford Reference Online database. This can be located by going to the library homepage (, clicking on the gray Databases tab, then clicking the letter "O" and scrolling down until you see Oxford Reference Online. Type the word "plagiarism" in the database search bar and the results will include definitions from several different kinds of dictionaries.

For specific cases of plagiarism, I would start with newspapers, which may have news stories about specific cases of plagiarism. Start with our News Research Guide at Start with the database called “Nexis Uni” but almost any of the databases on this page could be helpful (you might want to avoid the ones that have the word “historical” in the name).

Try these searches:

plagiarism AND students
plagiarism AND professors
plagiarism AND scholarship
plagiarism AND writers
plagiarism AND politicians

Any of these searches should pull up a few stories about real-life examples of plagiarism.

  • Last Updated Jul 13, 2020
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