Plagiarism means stealing ideas, either intentionally or unintentionally, from other people’s work. It is a form of cheating and if you do it you will be committing an academic crime.
Cheating yourself and to others by copying someone else’s work and pretending it is your own.
You know that work was plagiarized if:
- You can find the same work elsewhere
- there is no credit given to that work
Plagiarism can happen for many reasons:
- DELIBERATE PLAGIARISM
- Rewriting from books or articles
- Copying and stealing others work from web site
- Buying, downloading or borrowing the text from the internet
2. ACCIDENTAL PLAGIARISM
- Not knowing when and how to cite
- Not knowing how to paraphrase
- Recycling an old paper
TIPS TO AVOID PLAGIARISM:
- Use your own ideas and it should be the focus.
- Use the ideas of others sparingly and carefully, just to support your argument.
- When you take note, include the complete citation and information of each item that you use.
- Use quotation marks when directly stating others word.
- One of a good strategy is to take a minute and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. This will help you think through what you want to say and help prevent plagiarizing.