What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of representing another person’s words or ideas as your own. Plagiarism is a form of cheating.

Plagiarism occurs when you do not give credit to the sources you use to write a paper or create a project. It can take the form of copying another person’s work directly, changing a few words around in a sentence written by someone else, or using someone else’s arguments or line of thinking as if they are your original ideas.

Plagiarism is not borrowing; it is stealing. Whether it is done intentionally or unintentionally, plagiarism is a very serious offense.