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Plagiarism is stealing. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to plagiarize is to steal and pass off the words or thoughts of another as your own.
Examples of plagiarism include:
- directly copying words or thoughts (without giving credit to the original creator).
- rewording a sentence that you find in a book or article.
- failing to include a bibliography, references or footnotes.
Plagiarism is a confusing but serious offense in school, college and at work. If you plagiarize, you may automatically fail the assignment, be expelled or not be allowed to graduate. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to explain where you found the information you are using. This means having a bibliography (or 'Works Cited' page), and footnotes or references.
How to tell if you are plagiarizing?
Plagiarism: Don't Do It
Plagiarism: How to Avoid It