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PostSubject: What is Plagiarism   Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:22 am

Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas.
But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means

Like a Star @ heaven to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
Like a Star @ heaven to use (another's production) without crediting the source
Like a Star @ heaven to commit literary theft
Like a Star @ heaven to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

But can words and ideas really be stolen?

According to U.S. U.K. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).

All of the following are considered plagiarism:

Like a Star @ heaven turning in someone else's work as your own
Like a Star @ heaven copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
Like a Star @ heaven giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
Like a Star @ heaven changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
Like a Star @ heaven copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source,
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