What is Plagiarism?
Follow the above link to get definitions of plagiarism and related words from various web sources. Merriam-Webster's definition states, plagiarism is to "present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source."
The Consequences of Plagiarism
Real-life examples of plagiarism's consequences: a student's admission to Harvard gets rescinded; presidential hopeful Senator Joe Biden's campaign derailed by accusations of plagiarism; university presidents are forced to resign; journalists lose their credibility and jobs.
Purdue's Online Writing Lab has created a great webpage on plagiarism.
Are you a plagiarist? Take this self test.
A teacher, David Gardner, at the University of Hong Kong has created this excellent website, which includes a test to evaluate if you know how to avoid plagiarism. [Note: the use of the single quotation mark is British usage; American usage is to use the double quotation mark. Please ask if you've any questions about this.]
NPR story on Plagiarism
"Guest Host Melissa Block talks with Thomas Mallon, author of Stolen Words: Forays into the Origins and Ravages of Plagiarism, about the discovery of plagiarism by well-known authors such as Steven Ambrose, and research techniques which should help avoid the problem. (4:30)"
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