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Page 32 of the 2012-2013 San Jacinto College Student Handbook defines plagiarisim in this way:

 

"Offering the work of another as one's own without proper acknowledgement is plagiarism.  Therefore, any student who fails to give appropriate credit for ideas or material he or she takes from another, whether fellow student or resource writer, is guilty of plagiarism."

 

The penalties for plagiarizing at SanJac are severe, and can range from an F on the assignment to and F in the course, or even suspension from the College.

To view the entire SanJac policy on cheating and plagiarism, click here.

Other institutions and services have also compiled helpful definitions of plagiarism. Click below to open any of these recommended guides in a new tab.

How do you avoid plagiarizing? The short answer is to cite your sources correctly and consistently. 

Need help with citing? Check out the Cite your sources page or use some of the links below to help you avoid plagiarism in specific cases. 

Think you have plagiarism down? Test your knowledge with the two quizzes on this page, or use the link below with several more quizzes and exercises. 

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