The following definition of plagiarism is a quote from the Student Code of Conduct:
"No student shall engage in plagiarism, which is presenting the words or ideas of another person as if they were the student’s own. Essays, term papers, laboratory reports, tests, online writing assignments, and other similar requirements must be the work of the student submitting them" (Valdosta State University, 2018, p. 2).
Reference (APA style)
Valdosta State University. (2018). Student Code of Conduct. Retrieved from http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/student-affairs/student-conduct-office/student-handbook.php
Plagiarism is when you take credit for work someone else did.
Plagiarism is using another person's words or ideas without giving them credit for their work.
If you treat another person's words or ideas as if they were your own, you are plagiarizing.
Unintentional plagiarism is when someone fails to give credit to the original source, either through a failure to cite the source or a paraphrase that is not in their own words.
Plagiarism is academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is disrespectful of yourself and others. Academic dishonesty prevents you from learning essential skills and knowledge that you need to succeed in college and in the future.
Plagiarism can harm your academic record and future educational and job opportunities.
Plagiarism weakens your critical thinking and writing skills.
Intentional plagiarism is when someone intends to actively deceive the intended audience and passes off of someone else’s work as their own.