Broadly speaking, plagiarism refers to passing off others' ideas as your own. This can include purposeful and nefarious acts such as purchasing an essay on the internet or copying and pasting huge sections from resources.
Plagiarism can be more nuanced, and students may not know all aspects of what constitutes plagiarism. Here are some common examples of plagiarism:
These are the best ways for avoiding plagiarism:
For additional info and examples, visit the San Jose State University Library guide on How to Avoid Plagiarism.
There are many positive benefits to appropriately citing materials you use.
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