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Lesson 8: Avoiding Plagiarism
Plagiarism is presenting another person’s work—words, ideas, images, etc.—as your own, and not citing the source. Plagiarism is theft. When you plagiarize, you are stealing someone else’s intellectual property, or original work. Plagiarism is also illegal: U.S. laws protect intellectual property rights. Colleges and universities have strict rules against plagiarism. Breaking these rules can result in a failing course grade, suspension, or even expulsion.
You have committed plagiarism when you
To avoid plagiarism