Plagiarism (pronounced: play-juh-riz-um) is the act of taking someone else’s
words, ideas, or information and passing them off as your own. If you don’t give credit to the author of
these ideas in footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography, you are committing plagiarism, which is a
serious academic offense.
you find that is written, whether in print in books and journals, or on the
web, should be considered copyrighted. That means that you should think
of it as belonging to someone else. Information that you find on the web is not
free to take or use – it is someone else’s intellectual property. Any
material lifted from an original source, including web resources, without
proper acknowledgement or credit is considered plagiarized. Inadvertent or accidental plagiarism is still plagiarism. Plagiarism can inadvertently happen if you are not careful about taking notes while you research; it is sometimes difficult to remember exactly where your ideas came from when you are doing research, so remember to cite your sources while you work.
It is your responsibility to know what constitutes plagiarism. Not knowing citation standards is not an excuse. When in doubt, err on the side of over-documentation and cite the source. You can also ask your professor, teaching assistant, or a librarian for help in determining what is and is not plagiarism.
All scholarly or academic work requires that you cite your sources, whether you are writing a long paper or a quick report. Why is citing your research so important?
Researching and writing a paper ideally involves a process of exploring and learning. By citing your sources, you are showing your reader how you came to your conclusions and acknowledging the other people's work that brought you to your conclusions. Citing your sources
Partially adapted from "When and Why to Cite Sources." SUNY Albany. 2008. Retrieved 14 Jan 2009. https://library.albany.edu/usered/cite/citing.html.
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