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Resources on plagiarism--what it is and how to avoid it.

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 commit literary theft
  • 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.

 

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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)

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