Plagiarism is when you use another person's ideas as though they were your own, or when you use another person's ideas without giving proper attribution or acknowledgement.
Here are some common instances of plagiarism:
- Borrowing a friend's or family member's essay or homework and submitting or copying it as your own work.
- Cutting and pasting (or copying) text that is not your own without acknowledging the source of the information.
- Summarizing another's ideas without acknowledging that the ideas are not your own. It doesn't matter if the words are exact or not.
When should you cite (acknowledge where you got your information)?
- When you are quoting another person's exact words. Make sure to use quotation marks.
- When you are paraphrasing or summarizing another person's work. Don't use quotation marks.
- When you are including a picture, chart or other graphic that is not your own.
- Anytime that you are using something that did not originate from YOU!
When do you not need to cite?
- When information is widely known or is considered to be common knowledge. For example, George Washington was our first president. A way to know if information is common knowledge is if you find the information undocumented in several credible sources.
- When the information is your own or comes from your own investigations or experiments.
To learn more about plagiarism and citing sources, go to Plagiarism.org
You can also view this video from the Hartness Library: