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What Is Plagiarism
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means
- to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
- to use (another's production) without crediting the source
- to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterwards.
Definition and and examples of plagiarism, with links to additional plagiarism resources. Created by Lake Sumter Community College
OWL Materials: Avoiding Plagiarism
Created by the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. Summary from the site: "There are few intellectual offenses more serious than plagiarism in academic and professional contexts. This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work."
Examples of Plagiarism
All of the following are considered plagiarism
turning in someone else's work as your own
copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
using ideas from a source for the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
buying a paper online
reusing a paper written for another class (unless you have permission from your current professor)