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Question from a student?
What is plagiarism, and why do universities take it so seriously? If the information that I want is readily available in books and the internet, why can’t I just use it as it is in my assignments?
Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
To avoid Plagiarism you need to learn how to acknowledge the resources (books , articles, etc) in your research project/asssignment.
People plagiarize as a result of the following:
Why is plagiarism unethical?
How to recognize plagiarism?
To Avoid Plagiarism:
To Quote a Source:
To Use Common Knowledge: