Plagiarism is when you copy someone else's word, ideas, or art without telling your reader (your teacher and peers) exactly where you found them.
There are different forms of this word.
In American schools, plagiarism is considered very bad because the teacher wants to know YOUR ideas.
When you plagiarize, it appears that you are stealing someone else's ideas and trying to deceive the teacher.
The teacher wants you to succeed. If you are confused, ask him or her for help.
Now that we know how serious plagiarism is let's look at an example of plagiarism.
Perhaps you are writing a class paper on traditions in China. You find an interesting article on an internet site.
Then you find some ideas that you want to use from the article.
So you copy the words and put them directly into your paper.
You put the word in quotation marks " "
However, you do not tell the reader WHERE you found the ideas. This is plagiarism.
Sometimes students don't understand that plagiarism happens regardless of where they find words or ideas.
Let's look at a few sources of information which are common problems for AAU students.