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Plagiarism

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  • Plagiarism

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    Many of the rules you have learned in this unit have to do with proper citation.  Being familiar with these rules is extremely important.  An inadvertent mistake can lead to a charge of plagiarism, which is the uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else's words and ideas.

    When exact words or a writer's ideas are taken from a source, this borrowing of information must be acknowledged.  Only when the ideas are common knowledge, because they can be found in several sources, can this information be used without crediting a source. 

    If you have questions about documenting a source, ask yourself this question: "Would a mature reader be likely to know this information?"  The general rule is: "When in doubt, give credit."  If you have any questions concerning plagiarism, please ask me!

     

     

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