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authorWhat is plagiarism?

Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means
1)   to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
2)   to use (another's production) without crediting the source
3)   to commit literary theft
4)   to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.


In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward." Source: Turnitin.com: Research Resources

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