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*Biology: Avoiding Plagiarism
Plagiarism: How to avoid it
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the use of another person's work, facts or ideas without acknowledging the source.
Examples of overt plagiarism, as cited in the McDaniel College Handbook:
Buying a prepared paper
Taking a paper or speech from an organization's file
Borrowing or stealing a paper from another student and submitting that work as one's own
Copying whole sections or chapters from reference works
Plagiarism doesn't always happen in such overt ways. It often happens because someone inadvertently or incorrectly uses a source without providing acknowledgement.
Copying and pasting text from a website
Copying and pasting a chart from a website
Copying material from books and magazines
Copying someone's spoken words
Copying a unique or distinctive phrase
Changing the wording of an article slightly (for example, changing "TV" to "television") and not citing the source
Taking another person's ideas and presenting them as your own
Including artwork or music in a project without getting permission or citing the course