In a nutshell, plagiarism is passing someone else's words or thoughts off as your own original words and thoughts.
Plagiarism goes beyond copying and pasting text into your own paper without quotation marks and pretending you wrote them. Using someone else's artwork, inventions, or original ideas (even if you put them into your own words), without giving them proper credit is also considered plagiarism.
Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional; some students commit plagiarism without meaning to if they don't know how to properly cite their sources.
Ignorance is no excuse; use this guide to figure out what plagiarism is, test your knowledge, and learn how you can avoid it by citing your sources correctly.
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