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Published on December 14, 2008

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What is plagiarism? : What is plagiarism? Information provided by Turnitin.com and Research Resources. Turnitin allows free distribution and non-profit use of this document in educational settings. Plagiarism: Defined : Plagiarism: Defined Many people think of plagiarism as copying another’s work, or borrowing someone else’s original ideas. But terms like “copying” and “borrowing” can disguise the seriousness of the offense… Plagiarism: Defined : Plagiarism: Defined According to the Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means… 1) to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own 2) to use (another's production) without crediting the source 3) to commit literary theft 4) to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. Remember!!! : Remember!!! In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward! Examples of Plagiarism : 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 giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on “fair use” rules) Remember!!! : Remember!!! Changing the words of an original source is not enough to prevent plagiarism. If you have kept the main idea of an original source-- and have not cited it--then no matter how drastically you may have altered its context or presentation, you have still plagiarized! Remember!!! : Remember!!! Cite your sources! Acknowledge that certain material has been borrowed and provide your audience with the information to find that source. This is usually enough to prevent plagiarism!

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