According to the Encyclopedia Britannica Online, plagiarism is the act of taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one's own.
The fraudulence is closely related to forgery and piracy practices generally in violation
of copyright laws.
The most important thing to remember when writing a research paper is to AVOID PLAGIARISM!
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
turning in someone's work as your own
copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your
work, whether you give credit or not (see "fair use" rules)
Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources.
Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you need to acknowledge their source. The following
situations almost always require citation:
whenever you use direct quotes
whenever you paraphrase sentences or words.
whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed
whenever you make specific reference to the work of another
whenever someone's work has been critical in developing your own ideas.
Examples of MLA Citation
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Book with One Author
Tatar, Maria. Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood. Princeton: PrincetonUP,1992. Print.
Article in a Reference Book
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader. Who's Who in America. 62nd ed. 2008. Print.
Article on the Web only
Utah Mine Rescue Funeral. CNN.com. Cable News Network, 21 Aug. 2007. Web. 21 Aug. 2007.
Article from Subscription Database (i.e. Proquest, Academic Search Premier)
Miller, Steven, and Sara Guyer. Literature and the Right to Marriage. Diacritics 35.4 (2006).
1-24.ProQuest.Web. 12 Mar 2007.
Roseburg, Mark. Something Old, Something New. Canadian Journal on Aging 26.2
(2007): 81-83.AcademicSearch Premier