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What is Plagiarism?

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Plagiarism is when you present someone else's work or ideas as your own. Plagiarism can be accidental or intentional (i.e. cheating). Plagiarism is taken very seriously as a form of academic misconduct and it is very important to make sure that you acknowledge when information you are presenting comes from other people.

Plagiarism can be:

  • Copying someone's words without giving them credit;
  • Quoting somebody's words incorrectly or out of context;
  • Using or repeating someone's ideas or concepts without giving them credit;
  • Misrepresenting someone's ideas or concepts;
  • Copying images or music without permission or without proper attribution;
  • Citing incorrectly - i.e. citing the wrong source or having incomplete or inaccurate citations;
  • Intentionally presenting someone else's work as your own - i.e. copying off fellow students, submitting papers you didn't write, buying research papers from the Internet;
  • Failing to acknowledge the contribution of others in work produced collaboratively.
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