Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Jun 26, 2015 Views: 100
As defined by Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, to plagiarize is:
"to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source." Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarize
What are some examples of plagiarism?
- Copying a sentence, whole paragraph, or large blocks of text from another source without citing it.
- Copying from an online source or web site, such as Wikipedia.
- Copying someone else's work, including your friends and classmates.
- Purchasing and/or downloading a paper from the Internet and turning it in as your own.
- Taking someone else's ideas and words and re-phrasing it in your own words, without citing the original source.
- Not using quotation marks properly for direct quotations.
- Turning in someone's else work as your own.
What DON'T you need to cite?
- Common knowledge (e.g., the sun rises in the east and sets in the west).
- Your own opinions or experiences.
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