Academic institutions have strict regulations regarding plagiarism. Taking credit for work that is not your own is a serious matter and can result in severe consequences. Below is the link to the GHC statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. If you are unsure about something concerning plagiarism, ask your instructor or librarian for clarification.
What constitutes plagiarism and how to know if you're guilty!
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.
Plagiarism is using any work that is not authored by you without giving proper credit. Plagiarism is also claiming that another person's ideas, or the expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) are your own. You must always cite any information obtained from any source!
You are guilty of plagiarism if you...
turn in someone else's work and claim it is your own.
copy words or ideas from someone else without giving credit.
fail to put a quotation in quotation marks.
give incorrect information about the source of a quotation.
change words but copy the sentence structure of a source without giving credit.
copy so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.
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