A NOTE ON PLAGIARISM
Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s ideas or phrasing knowingly or through carelessness. This includes copying whole papers, paragraphs, sentences, statistics, lab results, artwork, musical lyrics, etc. without attributing the information to a source or person.
Quotation or Word-for-Word Plagiarism occurs when the researcher repeats the exact words of the source (verbatim) without using quotation marks and giving necessary credit to the author of the source. Paraphrasing and summarizing plagiarism occurs when the researcher restates the ideas of an original source without giving credit to the author or source of the information. This kind of plagiarism also occurs when a researcher uses an author’s key words or phrases without placing them in quotation marks.
The only exception to the above guidelines is when information is considered Common Knowledge. Common knowledge can be defined as information readers could easily find in general sources. A rule to follow when deciding whether
information you are finding is considered common knowledge is that you locate the same information in three well-respected sources.
Plagiarism occurs when:
Ways to Avoid Plagiarism