Answered By: Sandy Marinaro
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015     Views: 52

Plagiarism is passing off another’s words or ideas as your own. Anything you did not write that you turn in as your own work is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of cheating.

Often, plagiarism occurs inadvertently as the result of sloppy scholarship, inadequate paraphrasing skills, or failure to understand the rules of citation. However it occurs, it is a serious academic infraction.

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Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas.

Write down or print out the complete citation information for each item you use.

Use quotation marks when directly stating another person’s words.

Always credit original authors for their information and ideas.

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