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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.
IMPORTANT - Plagiarism can be unintentional through citation errors or omissions or intentional through copying the work of others and presenting it as your own.
Examples of plagiarism:
- Reusing passages and ideas from your own previously submitted work.
- Directly copying a passage of text without citation.
- Combining text and ideas from different places without citing all the sources.
A Word About Plagiarism
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.
Click this link to view tips from plagiarism.org on how to avoid plagiarism in your papers.
Consult Your Instructor
Plan Your Paper
Take Effective Notes
When in Doubt, Cite Sources
Make it Clear Who Said What
Know How to Paraphrase
Analyze and Evaluate Resources