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A definition: "Plagiarism is using some else's work - words, ideas, or illustrations; published or unpublished - without giving the creator of that work sufficient credit. A serious breach of scholarly ethics, plagiarism can have severe consequences: Academic professionals can face public disgrace or even be forced out of a position. In the business world, plagiarism leads to distrust and can significantly damage careers. Students risk a failing grade or possible disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion."
Source citation: Stern, Linda. What Every Student Should Know about Avoiding Plagiarism. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009.
Plagiarism is against the law
Committing plagiarism is a violation of the SCC Student Code of Conduct and Washington State Law and can have serious consequences.
Provides examples showing how to recognize unacceptable and acceptable paraphrases, how to credit Web information, and how to distinguish common knowledge from information that needs to be cited; from Indiana University, Bloomington