Plagiarism is when you present someone else's work or ideas as your own. Plagiarism can be accidental or intentional. Plagiarism is taken very seriously as a form of academic misconduct and it is very important to make sure that you acknowledge when information you are presenting comes from other people.

Plagiarism can be:

  • copying someone's words without giving them credit.
  • quoting somebody's words incorrectly or out of context.
  • using or repeating someone's ideas or concepts without giving them credit.
  • misrepresenting someone's ideas or concepts.
  • copying images or music without permission or without proper attribution.
  • citing incorrectly - i.e. citing the wrong source or having incomplete or inaccurate citations.
  • intentionally presenting someone else's work as your own - e.g. cheating off of a fellow students' work, submitting papers you didn't write, etc...
  • failing to acknowledge the contribution of others in work produced collaboratively.