Avoiding Plagiarism & Using Proper Citation

What is plagiarism? Plagiarism is cheating. Here is a more detailed definition:

Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas and
presenting them as your own.

Why plagiarize? In spite of ethical concerns and consequences (failure/expulsion), why do students or others plagiarize? Some reasons include:
  • Incomplete understanding of plagiarism.
  • So many papers, so little time (procrastination): students don't allow sufficient time to carefully research and write paper
  • Lack of confidence in writing skills: while the words of others may sometimes seem much better than one's own, it is important to remember that logical, clear, concise writing is more important than sounding "scholarly".

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