Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of another as if they were your own. It can be an intentional or unintentional act, but either way there can be severe consequences. The information below will help you understand and avoid plagiarism.
The following are all examples of plagiarism:
Often one of the most difficult aspects of writing a paper is knowing how to properly integrate your sources into your paper. Many cases of plagiarism are unintentional and happen because the writer is unaware of how to properly incorporate and cite sources in the text of a paper. The following steps can help you make certain you have all the information you need to compile proper citations.
More specific guidelines and information to help you recognize and avoid plagiarism are available on the following pages:
Plagiarism is taking someone else's ideas or published information and using it in your own writing as if it was your own. When you cite someone, you are acknowledging you have used the information created by someone else in your work.
Plagiarism is stealing. When you plagiarize, you are denying an author rightful credit for their work. In other words, you are stealing.
Plagiarism is dishonest. Plagiarism is a form of lying--you are passing off someone else's work as your own.
Plagiarism goes against academic integrity. In the academic world, scholars abide by "academic integrity." This means they agree to share their work under the condition that they receive credit for their original work and scholarship.
Don't submit someone else's work as your own. This includes friends as well as information you find on the Internet or in a library.
Always cite your sources. This lets your audience know where you got your information. If you don't cite, you're submitting someone else's work as your own.
Ideas from someone else have to be either paraphrased (rephrased in your own words) and cited; summarized and cited; or quoted and cited. See the difference between quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing.
Your instructor and/or an academic committee may look into any suspicions of plagiarism or cheating. If the accusations turn out to be true, the University of Illinois' Student Code states that you could face:
Don't panic! Yes, you have to cite. But we can help! Check out our citation guide: guides.library.illinois.edu/citingsources