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What is Plagiarism?

From Metropolitan Community College’s Procedures Memorandum on Student Conduct and Discipline, plagiarism is “…representing another’s ideas as one’s own in connection with a matter upon which the student or another’s performance is being or will be evaluated.”

Put simply, plagiarism is stealing. It is passing someone else’s work off as your own, and that action, by itself, says a great deal about you and the kind of person you are.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t use another’s ideas or words, but it does mean that you need to “cite” or give proper credit to the person or source from whom you are borrowing.

Some webpages that will give you additional information are listed below:

Avoid Plagiarism (The University of Arizona Library)

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It (Indiana University)