Plagiarize: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own; use
Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Britannica Online Academic Ed., 2011
Here are just a few examples of plagiarism:
Plagiarism can also occur when someone else's ideas or conclusions are improperly paraphrased. It is not enough to simply change a few words in a sentence or put several sentences in a different order; if what you have written largely resembles the text you are referring to, you should either reword your paraphrase or use that text as a direct quote. Proper paraphrasing takes practice - you will have that opportunity later in this tutorial. Even a properly written paraphrase needs a citation, however, as the ideas or conclusions are those of the author and not your own.
Family discussion: how can parents and/or tutors assist students with homework in an ethical manner?
You've finally gotten through a busy school day, attended drama rehearsal, finished all of your homework, and are ready for bed. You're tired! Suddenly you remember that you also have a Spanish translation due tomorrow. What should you do? Click on each of the choices below:
The word plagiarism comes from the Latin word plagiarius which means "kidnapper." You don't want to kidnap someone else's idea, right?
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