- Plagiarism, as defined by the Little, Brown
Essential Handbook for Writers, 3rd edition, is "the
presentation of someone else's ideas or words as your own. Whether
deliberate or accidental, plagiarism is a serious and often
punishable offense" (Aaron 133).
- Deliberate plagiarism is "copying a sentence from
a source and passing it off as your own and, summarizing someone
else's ideas without acknowledging your debt, or buying a term paper
and handing it in as your own" (Aaron 133).
- Accidental plagiarism is "forgetting to place
quotation marks around other writer’s words, omitting a source
citation because you're not aware of the need for it, or carelessly
copying a source when you mean to paraphrase" (Aaron 133).
v. tr. -
1. To use and pass off as one's own (the ideas or
writings of another).
2. To appropriate for use as
one's own passages or ideas from (another).
v. intr. 1. To put forth as original to oneself the
ideas or words of another.
(from the American
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