What is Plagiarism and am I commiting it?
It is important for you to understand exactly what plagiarism is and understand how you may commit it, whether intentionally or by accident.
Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as your own original work. It is a serious legal offense than can result in severe punishment and even expulsion from some schools, especially colleges.
- Are you using someone else's words or ideas and pretending they are yours?
- Are you copying and pasting without tracking where your information is coming from?
- Are you using just a web address as a citation?
- Are you forgetting to give credit to the source of your information?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are guilty of plagiarism!
You are allowed to use someone else's ideas and words, and you are allowed to paraphrase information and change it into you own words... but only if you CITE YOUR SOURCES!!!!
Full, formatted (MLA) citations include the author, publisher, date, etc... they are more than just a website URL. Visit our Citation Information Page for more information on formatting your citations.