Plagiarism Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s words or ideas without giving that person credit. It is the cardinal sin of students and scholars. Plagiarism is essentially fraud, since the plagiarist gets the credit for someone else’s work. Apart from being morally wrong, plagiarism makes it impossible to evaluate what the plagiarist knows or understands, since he or she is simply passing on someone else’s material. Using sections of books, course readings, web pages, prepared lecture notes, or another student’s work all constitute plagiarism. If two students turn in work with identical phrases, one or both has plagiarized. Do not plagiarize. If I detect what I consider to be significant, intentional plagiarism in any written assignment, the assignment will receive zero credit. Severe or repeated plagiarism from any source, including your classmates, is grounds for an “F” in the course. I have failed several students for plagiarism. It is easy to avoid plagiarizing.
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