Definition of Plagiarism

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University of Texas Definition of Plagiarism:
"the appropriation of, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means material that is attributable in whole or in part to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, and other expression or media, and presenting that material as one's own academic work being offered for credit"

Plain English:
Using someone else's work in your own academic work without giving proper credit.

Intentional Plagiarism:
Copying a friend's or classmate's work
Buying or borrowing papers
Cutting and pasting blocks of text without providing documentation of the original source
Borrowing images and other media without documentation of the original source
Publishing work on the Web without the permission of the creator

Unintentional Plagiarism:
Careless paraphrasing
Poor Documentation of sources
Quoting excessively
Failure to use your own ideas or words