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Avoid plagiarism

Definition of plagiarism

Plagiarism is when you present someone else's work or ideas as your own. It can be accidental or intentional and is considered academic cheating.

Plagiarism is viewed as a serious form of academic misconduct. It's essential to acknowledge others' work and to include citations for information taken from other authors or sources. 

Forms of plagiarism

Plagiarism can be:

  • Copying someone's words or other creative work (like an image or video) without giving them credit
  • Quoting someone's words incorrectly or out of context
  • Using or repeating someone's ideas or concepts without giving them credit
  • Misrepresenting someone's ideas or concepts
  • Copying images or music without permission or without proper attribution
  • Citing the wrong source or having incomplete or inaccurate citations
  • Intentionally presenting someone else's work as your own 
  • Failing to acknowledge the contribution of others in work produced collaboratively

For more on citing and using sources see Quoting and Paraphrasing, and Citing Sources