Plagiarism is derived from Greek and Latin terms for kidnapping


Plagiarism is presenting the words, ideas, or creation of someone else as your own without proper acknowledgment of the source.

If you don't credit the author, you are committing a type of theft called plagiarism.

When you work on a research paper you will probably find supporting material for your paper from works by others. It's okay to use the ideas of other people, but you do need to correctly credit them.

When you quote people, even when you summarize or paraphrase information found in books, articles, or Web pages, or you use another's photo, music, and the like, you must acknowledge the original author. It is plagiarism when you

  1. Buy or use a term paper written by someone else.
  2. Cut and paste passages from the Web, a book, or an article and insert them into your paper without citing them.
  3. Use the words, ideas, or creations of another person without citing them.
  4. Paraphrase that person's words without citing them.
  5. Alter another person's image or music unless the material is in the public domain or the original author allows this through Creative Commons.