Plagiarism is the act of taking credit for work that is not your own and can have very serious consequences. 

CSUSM's official Academic Honesty Policy outlines expectations for students.  
- Scroll down to Part VI: Definitions for information related to citation and plagiarism.


Definitions of Plagiarism

Merriam Webster Definitions 

  • to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas 
  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own 
  • use (another's production) without crediting the source 
  • to commit literary theft :  present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

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Tutorials about Plagiarism

Accidental Plagiarism - Don't Let it Happen to YouUniversity of Arizona Libraries

Plagiarism TutorialUniversity of Texas Libraries


Videos on Plagiarism

Video from Bainbridge State College


Video from Brock University Canada

Video created by the University of Bergen Norway- press CC to view caption in English