The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft (Oxford English Dictionary).
Marist College's Definition of Plagiarism:
"Marist College adopts the position of Modern Language Association Handbook, New York, 1977, par. 6 “Plagiarism may take the form of repeating another’s sentences as your own, adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own, paraphrasing someone else’s line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own. In short, to plagiarize is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you have borrowed from another."
Citations are integral to academic honesty. Before you get into the nitty gritty of how to write citations properly, it is important to understand why we cite.
When in doubt, don't be afraid to ask for help. As a student at Marist College, you have help available to you at the James A. Cannavino Library and at the Writing Center. Citations can be difficult and the consequences of even accidentally plagiarizing can be serious. Of course, you can ask your professor, too!
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