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, so it's essential to acknowledge and include citations for information taken from other authors or sources.
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
This visual guide can help you avoid plagiarism:
For more on citing and using sources see Quoting and Paraphrasing, and Integrating Sources into your Paper.