Plagiarismoccurs in both academic and non academic writing. It occurs when anindividual presents another person’s work as his own. It can alsooccur when person creates an impression that another person work ishis own. Although plagiarism mainly occurs in written form, it canoccur in other forms. Since it involves stealing another person’sideas or content, plagiarism is considered to be a form ofintellectual property offence. Although distinguishing varies formsof plagiarism objectively is cumbersome, it can either be grade A,grade B or grade C plagiarism. Grade A plagiarism is premeditated andintention. The individual makes a systematic attempt to presentanother person work as his own by deflecting suspicion through changeof some words. Grade B occurs when the distinction betweenparaphrasing directing quotations and referencing is inconsistent.For example, overusing one source is considered to be a grade Bplagiarism. Grade C plagiarism is accidental or not intentional. Itoccurs due to laziness or failure to correctly acknowledge a sourceor use of wording that is too close to another persons work.Plagiarism is wrong whether it occurs in published or non-publishedwork. Even when the original work is bad, it is also considered to beplagiarism. Plagiarism is also bad even when an individual haspermission to use another person’s work. This means that selfplagiarism is also possible. Theoretically, different grades ofplagiarism attract varying levels of penalties. However, aneducational institution has the discretion of deciding on how totreat varies forms of plagiarism. However, to remain safe, it isalways important to acknowledge the source of any information.Correct acknowledgement of all sources of information usingrecognized methods will avoid plagiarism.