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According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
What is Plagiarism? (n.d.) Retrieved November 11, 2010, from <http://www.plagiarism.org/learning_center/what_is_plagiarism.html>
Plagiarism is wrong because..
It is unethical
It is illegal
It is against all academic codes of conduct
It robs the plagiarizer of important skills
The Fraud of Plagiarism tutorial. Retrieved December 9, 2010, from "Why is it wrong?" <http://www.cte.usf.edu/plagiarism/plag.html>
When you quote or paraphrase another person's idea in your research paper, it is imperative that you provide a proper citation to the source you used:
..to avoid plagiarism (presenting someone else's ideas as your own is a violation of the Honor Code)
..to give credit to the author of the idea
..to allow someone else to locate the source
..to lend credibility to your work
Plagiarism.org provides an excellent definition of plagiarism and gives useful examples.
Here are some common types of plagiarism.
Types of Plagiarism (n.d.) Retrieved August 28, 2012, from <http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_types_of_plagiarism.html>
There are different standards for citing sources in bibliographies of research papers, depending on the academic discipline. In general, however, a citation should include all of the information necessary for someone else to locate the source (author, title, source & issue information, date). Ask your professor which particular style he/she prefers.
Guides to help you with citing sources accurately:
What citation style does your major use?
This useful guide, created by the University Library at California State University Long Beach, helps you explore style manuals and journal citation methods specific to academic disciplines and journals.
Reference management tools can save you time and make your research and writing time more efficient. Reference management tools are online tools that help you organize your references and cite your sources easily and quickly.