Melanie Mayer (Student ID #110513078) January 29th, 2018
A basic definition of plagiarism is
reusing someone else’s work and claiming it to be your own. There are a variety
of forms of plagiarism. Plagiarism can be copying someone’s work word-for-word
or their ideas or even copying work with minor changes without sourcing or giving
the person or author or whoever it may be, credit. It is also considered plagiarism
when you copy/reuse your old essays, papers, projects, etc. that were
originally written or done for another purpose. You can plagiarize all sorts of
works, not only books, or articles, or information off websites. You can plagiarize
movies, TV shows, music, anything and everything that involves taking something
else that someone else created or taking their ideas and using them as you own
or altering them slightly and claiming it as your own without giving proper accreditation
to the source. It is also considered plagiarism
when sources are not cited properly.
It is not considered plagiarism when
you give credit to the source of which you obtained the information and cite
the source properly. Paraphrasing and quoting works with citations is not plagiarism.
Writing or using your own ideas and thoughts that were not obtained from
anywhere but your own head is not plagiarism. Common knowledge is also not
In order to avoid plagiarism, you always
need to make sure each and every single source used in your work is cited and
cited properly. Even if you get the tiniest bit of information from a source,
you must cite it. Never take someone else’s work and claim it to be you own. There
are also websites available where you can upload your work that check for plagiarism.
You can upload work there and see what you need to change to help ensure that
you aren’t plagiarizing anything.