Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of the words or ideas of others. Plagiarism also occurs when you misrepresent the work of other people as your own. Essentially, plagiarism is when you use someone else's ideas, information, writing, or thinking without providing the proper citation or attribution.
There are several different types of plagiarism.
Most plagiarism is unintentional. It occurs when you forget a citation or use an incomplete citation. It also occurs when you assume something is common knowledge but it actually isn't.
The easiest way to avoid plagiarism is to review your work. This means noting whenever you include someone else's ideas, information, writing, or thinking and providing a proper citation or attribution. Remember to cite everything - whether it is a direct use – like a quote or reproduction of material – or an indirect use – like a paraphrase or summary.
There are a lot of things you should cite to avoid plagiarism. This includes:
Essentially, if you did not write it, think it, or do it you should provide a citation to help you avoid plagiarism.
As you work, make sure to keep citations and attribution in mind to help you avoid plagiarism. Here are some things you can try:
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