Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2019     Views: 531

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: 

Make sure to check out SNHU-specific resources for specific information on SNHU’s definitions of plagiarism:

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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