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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's words, sentences, or ideas and passing them off as your own without giving credit by citing the original source.

You might be plagiarizing if you:

  • Submit someone else's work as your own.
  • Buy a paper from a papermill, website or other source.
  • Copy sentences, phrases, paragraphs, or ideas from someone else's work, published or unpublished, without giving the original author credit.
  • Replace select words from a passage without giving the original author credit.
  • Copy any type of multimedia (graphics, audio, video, internet streams), computer programs, music compositions, graphs, or charts from someone else's work without giving the original author credit.
  • Piece together phrases, ideas, and sentences from a variety of sources to write an essay.
  • Build on someone else's idea or phrase to write your paper without giving the original author credit.
  • Submit your own paper in more than one course.


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