What is Plagiarism?
According to the Chambers 21st Century Dictionary, plagiarizing is the act of "copy[ing] (ideas, passages of text, etc) from someone else’s work and us[ing] them as if they were one’s own". This can include a variety of activities such as:
How Do I Avoid Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is bad and is to be avoided at all costs. Essentially, plagiarism is considered to be an act of stealing, as you are basically taking the thoughts and ideas of another that are not your own. Consequences for plagiarizing can include getting an automatic "F" on your paper, and in severe cases, getting kicked out of college or becoming an outcast in the academic world.
To avoid plagiarism, you must properly cite your sources and create a bibliography for the sources you cite. This guide will provide instruction on what you need to cite, how to cite sources in your paper, how to create a bibliography, the major differences in the citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, etc.), and tools and tricks available in your library to make your efforts easier.