Most student writers are aware of the need to avoid plagiarism. Some students, however, aren’t aware of just how serious it is. Committing plagiarism is a form of theft or fraud, and can be likened to stealing intellectual property. Engaging in plagiarism can result in grave consequences, up to and including expulsion from the school you are attending. But in order to truly avoid plagiarism, you need a deeper understanding of what it actually is. It’s hard to avoid something if you don’t even realize you’ve done it! That’s why this article is going to get very specific on all the different types of plagiarism (and there are several). This is one case where what you don’t know might very well hurt you, so read on.