Understanding and Preventing Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty - in short, cheating. In general, plagiarism occurs when a writer presents the words, ideas, or information of another writer as his or her own. This can take many forms:

  • Turning in an assignment written by someone else, in whole or part, including papers downloaded from the Internet.
  • Copying the writing of another student or source material, in large or small parts, without using quotation marks and proper documentation.
  • Summarizing or paraphrasing the ideas or information of another writer without giving adequate documentation.