First off, what exactly IS plagiarism?
Well to answer your question flatly, when you plagiarize something, you're essentially stealing it. Plagiarism is when you take someones ideas or works, and try to pass them off as your own.
But theft? Yeah it seems extreme, but it's true. You're stealing someone else's published thoughts. When you copy and paste something onto your assignment and don't cite it, you're stealing!
How do you prevent plagiarism? Well, let's find out.
One way to prevent plagiarism, is to cite the sources you used in your paper. When you use someone else's idea, you have to give them credit in a form of a reference sheet. Also, you can paraphrase!
Another prevention method, is to be well informed on the topic at hand so you can create your own opinions. Also, a professor or librarian would be a great tool in aiding to your resources.
Lastly, refer to your notes as often as possible. If you want more info on plagiarism, check out this great website! http://www.plagiarism.org/ Thank you, and I hope you learned something!
- An open mind
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio