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 consideredplagiarism:• turning in someone elses work • changing words but copying as your own. the sentence structure of a• copying words or ideas from source without giving credit. someone else without giving • copying so many words or credit. ideas from a source that it• failing to put a quotation in makes up the majority of your quotation marks. work, whether you give credit• giving incorrect information or not (see our section on "fair about the source of a use" rules). quotation.
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 Report found that 90% of students believe that cheaters are either never caught or have never been appropriately disciplined.
Reference• Plagiarism.org retrieved June 12, 2012 from http://www.plagiarism.org/index.html