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Have you plagiarized?

It is plagiarism when you:

  • Use four or more significant words or ideas of another person without citing them
  • Summarize or paraphrase words or ideas of another person without citing them
  • Borrow facts, statistics, or other material, unless the information is common knowledge
  • Buy or use a term paper written by someone else
  • Cut and paste passages from the Web, a book, an article, or other publication and insert them into your paper without citing them
  • As you can see, plagiarism ranges from copying word-for-word to paraphrasing a passage without credit and changing only a few words.