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.  
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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

Plagiarism: How to avoid it

Video from Brock University Canada

What is plagiarism and how to avoid it

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

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