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Plagiarism is the act of using or passing off the ideas or writings of another as ones own There are many different types of plagiarism not just one To plagiarize ones own ideas is dishonest and has many consequences that come with it Although many people say they did not plagiarize its not hard to realize when someone has Other than plagiarizing ones work there are other ways to write an essay Plagiarism isnt something that is taken lightly and is often considering lying andor cheating Plagiarism is the academic and literary equivalent of robbery taking somebody elses property If you copy somebodys test answers take an essay from a magazine and pass it off as your own lift a well-phrased sentence or two and include them without crediting the author or using quotation marks or even pass off somebodys good ideas as examples of your own genius you are guilty of intellectual thievery If you are caught you should expect punishment or contempt or both Quote from Robert M Gorrell and Charlton Laid Modern English Handbook 6th edition Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall 1976 p71 Plagiarizing ones work is not simply just the act of taking a paragraph or a sentence that someone else has created There are many different types and examples of plagiarism One example is word for word plagiarism This example includes material taken directly from a book essay article speech or any other type of writing The second example is a footnote without quotation marks Although you do need footnotes throughout your essay you also need quotation marks for them to be acceptable To have only a footnote doesnt help the reader understand what part of your essay is taken from another source Paraphrasing is another common mistake it too is plagiarism Even if its not exactly word for word it still needs to be quoted and footnoted so that your reader understands that it was anothers general idea The
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