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What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism occurs when you borrow another's words or ideas and do not acknowledge that you have done so. In this culture, we consider our words and ideas intellectual property: like a car or any other possession, we believe our words belong to us and cannot be used without giving credit.
whenever you write a paper that requires research, you must tell your
reader where you obtained any ideas or assertions that are not originally
your own. Whether you quote directly or summarize the information, you
must acknowledge your sources by citing them. In this way, you give that
person credit for the work s/he has done.
Forms of plagiarism
Regardless of intent, all of the following constitute plagiarism:
When in doubt, cite your sources!
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