Using someone else’s ideas and words without giving them credit is wrong – it’s called PLAGIARISM. Give credit where credit is due – when using the work of others, document where you got the ideas or words.
Not crediting ideas, not documenting sources is plagiarism. Intentional or unintentional, it does not matter.
It’s wrong – it’s academic misconduct. Students can get “Fs” on a project or even flunk a class. Students can be expelled from tech schools, colleges, and universities. Plagiarism is cheating. It prevents learning.
Avoiding plagiarism is easy. NEVER copy full text. When
taking notes, always put them in your own words. This is called
“paraphrasing”. Writing the notes you take using your own words
makes it highly unlikely that you will directly plagiarizes the
words of someone else. Different people express themselves and
Give your teachers some credit too - they know you. They probably know you better than you think. English is a complex language - there are many ways to express yourself. There are many ways to structure sentences and paragraphs.
When a paper if plagiarized from different sources - it stands out. It just does not sound like you. it does not read coherently, at least not to someone that understands writing. There are many web-based tools that can be used to find out if a paper has been plagiarized.
Often, just taking an odd-sounding sentence and running it through Google will determine where it came from. People that know how you speak and write can easily see when words and ideas have been taken from someone else. Don't plagiarize - it isn't worth it.
Besides, part of a research project is finding sources.
Give yourself some credit - properly cite your sources.
Indicate where ideas and direct quotes come from. It makes
you look good. It highlights your research skills.
Last Update: February 8, 2008