(Source: Cape Fear Community College)
Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's idea(s) or creative work(s) (e.g., writing, artwork, computer program, etc.) without properly giving them credit. It is the most common type of scholastic dishonesty.
Plagiarism comes in many forms and can be either intentional or unintentional.
Submitting the work of someone else (e.g., another student's paper) as your own.
Using parts of someone else's work without quotation marks and/or citing the source. Also known as "verbatim copying" or "word-for-word plagiarism".
Restating parts of someone else's work without citing the source.
Joining together parts of and/or ideas from several people's works without properly paraphrasing, using quotations, and/or citing the sources. Also known as "patch writing".
Unintentionally neglecting to cite sources, misattributing sources, misquoting, or paraphrasing using too similar wording. Often the result of carelessness or a lack of understanding how to properly cite.
Submitting a paper of yours that was previously submitted in a difference class or using parts of a previously submitted paper of yours without proper citations.