ACCORDING TO THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE DICTIONARY, TO “PLAGIARIZE” MEANS

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  • to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarize )

Plagiarism is copying or using someone else’s information without citing or referencing to the original source.  It is  defined with words such as “to steal” or “theft”; that means it is a serious offence and has serious consequences including monetary penalties, suspension or dismission from school. 

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ARE CONSIDERED PLAGIARISM:

  • turning in someone else’s work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on “fair use” rules)

(source: http://plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism  )

Following web-sites can help you to cite your sources correctly in order to avoid plagiarism:

http://plagiarism.org/

Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue)

Avoiding Plagiarism (MIT)

How Not to Plagiarize (University of Toronto)

Research and Documenting Sources (Purdue)

Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Citing References in Your Paper Includes APA, MLA, CBE etc. (University of Wisconsin, Madison)