What is Plagiarism?According to the Merriam-Webster OnlineDictionary, to "plagiarize" means: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as ones own to use (anothers production) without crediting the source to commit literary theft to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
All of the following are considered plagiarism turning in someone elses changing words but work as your own copying the sentence copying words or ideas structure of a source from someone else without giving credit without giving credit copying so many words failing to put a quotation or ideas from a source in quotation marks that it makes up the giving incorrect majority of your information about the work, whether you give source of a quotation credit or not (see our section on "fair use" rules)
Facts about PlagiarismHere are some recent findings regarding plagiarism: A study by The Center for Academic Integrity found that almost 80% of college students admit to cheating at least once. According to a survey by the Psychological Record 36% of undergraduates have admitted to plagiarizing written material. A poll conducted by US News and World Reports found that 90% of students believe that cheaters are either never caught or have never been appropriately disciplined.
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