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What is Plagiarism?
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:
“pla·gia·rism … is: the act of using another person's words
or ideas without giving credit to that person”
According to PLAGIARISM.ORG
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
- Presenting someone else's work as your own
- Copying words or ideas from someone else's work without giving credit
- Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
- Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
- Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
- Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
Why Plagiarism MUST be avoided?
- Is theft of intellectual property
- Involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward
- May result in receiving an ‘F’ or zero for the assignment
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When do we cite?
You need to cite:
- When you use words or ideas presented in a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, Web page, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium
- When you got the information through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing
- When you copy the exact words or a unique phrase
- When you reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials
- When you reuse or repost any electronically-available media, including images, audio, video, or other media
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What about Paraphrasing?
What to know about paraphrasing:
- Paraphrasing requires citation
- Paraphrasing is more than simply rewording the original material, it must be almost entirely in your own words
- Any exact words that are retained should have quotation marks around them
- The sentence structure should be yours, not the same as in the source
- Do not add ideas, interpretations, explanations, or assessments
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