What is plagiarism?
• Using someone else's words, opinions or ideas without giving credit to the source;
• Using facts, statistics, graphics, drawings, or any other type of information that is not considered common knowledge without giving credit to the source.
• Paraphrasing someone else's words without giving credit to the source.
"Giving credit to the source" means naming, or citing, the source from which the borrowed material comes.
Plagiarizing is a violation of academic integrity. It can lead to very serious consequences, ranging from failing an assignment to failing a class and/or other disciplinary measures. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your source in the format specified in your English 102 course. When in doubt, ask your instructor or a librarian.
Below are tutorials you may find useful to help you understand more about what constitutes plagiarism and how you can avoid it.