Plagiarism is representing someone else's ideas, writing or other intellectual property as your own, and is another form of academic dishonesty.
Any use of the work of others, whether published, unpublished or posted electronically (e.g., on web sites), attributed or anonymous, must include proper acknowledgement.
For example, this entire guide was adapted from the University of Alaska, Anchorage's own Academic Integrity tutorial. Our Library Staff acquired permission from its authors to reproduce their guide and edit it to suit our needs. Because this information was not all produced at VCSU, we attribute the authorship of this content to the good people at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Had we not done this, we would be guilty of plagiarism ourselves.
Plagiarism can take many forms. Some of the most common types of plagiarism include:
Important: You must use the school, department, or instructor's standards when submitting your work even if you were taught to document your sources differently in the past.
Harris, R. A. (2002). The plagiarism handbook: Strategies for preventing, detecting, and dealing with plagiarism. Los Angeles: Pyrczak Publishing, p. 13.
Ultimately, if you weigh the risks and costs involved in submitting a plagiarized paper, you might consider it a far better strategy to work on improving your research and writing skills to produce honest work. Why not take advantage of the many resources available on campus and on the Internet to help you improve your academic skills.
Please take a few minutes to watch the 'Copyright Perspectives" video (1.52 minutes) developed by PENN State University before moving on to the next topic in this tutorial: