What is Plagiarism?
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 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
The following information is taken from Education World http://www.educationworld.comPlagiarism is presenting someone else's words or ideas as your own
How can you avoid plagiarizing?
- Set a timeline for completing assignments so that you have adequate time to complete research, process information, and present original thinking.
- Give proper credit when you use ideas that you obtained from sources other than yourself, even when you summarize or paraphrase them in your own words. You will find citation guidelines at NoodleTools.com.
- If you are unsure whether or not you may be plagiarizing, check this web site for examples.
- If you don't understand an assignment, or just don't want to do it, talk to your teacher about it instead of cheating and copying from someone else.
- Consider the disservice you are doing yourself by not learning from the body of knowledge or contributing original ideas to it.
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