What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is using someone else's exact words; images or graphics; or specific and original ideas; but presenting them as your own.
When you create a paper, a project, or a presentation for a class, you will often be required to include supporting information from a variety of external sources. However, you must indicate where you got this information, not just copy and paste it into a document and call it your own. That would be plagiarizing!
Plagiarism is: Copying substantial phrases, sentences, or paragraphs from another source and not crediting the original author/creator.
Plagiarism is: Paraphrasing or rearranging all or part of an original work without crediting the original author.
Plagiarism is: Buying a research paper from the web, or taking one from a friend, and passing it on as your own work.
Plagiarism is NOT: Using a variety of external sources, with proper credit, to support and expand upon your own unique ideas.
Plagiarism is NOT: Using a variety of external sources, with proper credit, to write a paper that is fact-based, like a history paper about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
Visit some of the sites listed in the right-hand column for in-depth information about plagiarism, along with quizzes and tutorials to help you understand what is plagiarism and how to avoid it.