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Plagiarism is copying another person's ideas, words or writing and pretending that they are one's own work. It can involve violating copyright laws. College students who are caught plagiarizing can be expelled from school, and writers who plagiarize will often be taken less seriously.

Types of plagiarism include:

  • copying and pasting someone else's work, or changing someone else's work slightly to pass it off as your own
  • copying an article from Wikipedia without crediting it
  • citing a website that no longer exists or never existed
  • mashup. Two or more data sources that have been turned into one. They may be graphics, texts, audio clips, and video from various media.[1][2]

Writing papers, many students practice plagiarism without knowing it by using other people's ideas without citing them (saying where they got them). Reading another article or book and taking an idea from it and putting it into one's own words is not plagiarism if the writer of the paper says where they got the idea.[3]

References[change | change source]

  2. Stolley, Karl; Brizee, Allen; Paiz, Joshua (7 June November 2006). "Avoiding plagiarism". Purdue OWL. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  3. "Citing sources". Duke University Libraries. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014.

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