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What is plagiarism Plagiarism is when someone uses anothers idea opinion or theory in a way that would benefit them without giving the appropriate credit The information can be heard seen explained etc it doesnt really matter how you acquire it if someone fabricated it before you did its not yours For example one of the most common forms of plagiarism encountered in our modern day and age is information taken from the internet copy pasted into ones work The person using the copied information would either plainly insert it into his work or modify the structure of some sentences in order to blend it with the rest of his text witch is by the way still considered plagiarism Plagiarism has been around for a very long time In fact ever since man could think for himself theres been plagiarism Lets say a primitive man creates a tool that would help him with his everyday life another primitive man cannot show someone else the creation without holding the creator responsible for his invention or that would be considered plagiarism Plagiarism hasnt changed very much since the dawn of man the idea is the same only now we have laws protecting people against it While trying to avoid plagiarism you must not only lookout for ideas and opinions or thoughts but you must also look out for graphs drawings or anything that isnt common sense If you find an article on the internet or in a magazine that you want to use in an essay without having to quote it or give the appropriate credit and that you can call your own you must make it a paraphrase and change it around enough for it to actually change in content You can still use facts and so on that are considered common sense but not specific theories opinions or facts that the author of the text researched those must either be quoted or given
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