Plagiarism can be defined as the appropriation of another person’s work.
Appropriation means using or taking something that is not yours. Plagiarism is theft by using another person’s words or ideas, and it is academically dishonest because students, faculty, and other writers are expected to do their own work.
What constitutes Plagiarism
Other Common Forms of Plagiarism
Plagiarism can be avoided through the correct use of quotes, paraphrases, and summary and then
properly citing your work, thus giving the original authors credit for their work.
Direct Quote: Direct quotes involve incorporating a person’s exact words into your writing or presentation. You must enclose the words in quotes and then cite the quote appropriately.
Paraphrasing involves changing, restating an author’s writing into your own words, and citing it properly. A paraphrase uses approximately 80 % of your own words and 20% of the author’s words while maintaining the same idea.
Summary: A summary provides a broad overview of the original work in your own words, focusing only on the key points. A summary paragraph may contain associated ideas from several works with the proper citations.