Plagiarism

PlagiarismPlagiarism is defined by the English Oxford Dictionary as;

“the act of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own “

The word is from the Latin plagiarius, which means kidnapping



The Merriam Webster online dictionary says that to “plagiarize” means; –

Plagiarism is fraudulent, and involves not only stealing someone else’s work, but also lying about it. To avoid plagiarism, it is important to attribute ideas to their source. It is fine to talk about a theory or principle and then add your own experiences to the theory to illustrate it.

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Referencing

Let’s have a look at when you need to reference your sources, and how to do it.
You can use footnotes, or reference within the text, or use a “works cited” section at the end of the document. Either way, it adds credibility to your work and shows how you are building it on a solid foundation

This is what plagiarism.org says on the subject.

When do I need to cite?

Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you need to acknowledge their source. The following situations almost always require citation:

  • whenever you use quotes

  • whenever you paraphrase

  • whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed

  • whenever you make specific reference to the work of another

  • whenever someone else’s work has been critical in developing your own ideas.

http://www.plagiarism.org/citing-sources/whats-a-citation/

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What is citation?

A “citation” is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again, including:

  • information about the author

  • the title of the work

  • the name and location of the company that published your copy of the source

  • the date your copy was published

  • the page numbers of the material you are borrowing

http://www.plagiarism.org/citing-sources/whats-a-citation/

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