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What is Plagiarism?
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
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
Source: P.org sponsored by Turnitin
This guide was adapted from the Butler University Avoiding Plagiarism LibGuide by FCPS Library Media Specialists Renate.Owen@fcps.org and Katherine.Mills@fcps.org. If you have suggestions for improving this LibGuide, please email one or both of these library media specialists.
How to Use This Guide
This LibGuide contains information and resources for faculty and students to learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it.
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Why Do We Reference Other's Work?
Carefully citing your sources:
- gives credit to authors whose works you have used
- creates a trail so others can find the materials you used
- provides evidence of your research
- is the ethical & standard practice for students and scholars
Source: UC Santa Cruz University Library
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