Plagiarism


Definition
Plagiarism is presenting another person's existing work, original idea, or creative expression as one's own work or without assigning proper credit. Any ideas or materials taken from another source, including one's own work, must be fully acknowledged unless the information is common knowledge. To avoid plagiarizing, one must acknowledge the original source when adopting or reproducing material from existing work. Existing work includes, but is not limited to, ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

  • Intentionally or unintentionally using, paraphrasing, or quoting another person's original words, ideas, or research (including the words/ideas of faculty or students) in any academic work, grant request, presentation, etc., without explicitly identifying that person within your work;
  • Failing to acknowledge outside sources consulted or used in a document (regardless of whether or not they were directly quoted in the document);
  • Failing to provide citations for all information consulted or borrowed from written or electronic documents (books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, websites, etc.).

Reference: Adapted from Southern Illinois University and the University of Washington-Bothell Academic Writing Center

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