Plagiarise - "Take and use as one’s own (the thoughts, writings, inventions etc., of another person); copy (literary work, ideas etc.) improperly or without acknowledgement; pass off the thoughts, work, etc., of (another person) as one's own."
From: The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
Copying and pasting a few sentences into your essay might seem innocent, but, in the academic world, any act of plagiarism can have serious consequences. Plagiarism is unethical as it goes against the University's standards as you essentially stealing someone’s ideas and/or work.
The only source you can use in an essay without crediting it, is information that is considered common knowledge and as a result not attributable to one source.
Common knowledge is information generally known to a knowledgeable person, such as commonly known facts and dates.
Examples of common knowledge are:
Plagiarism goes beyond paperwork. Everyone holds intellectual property to their idea or work, no matter what form it takes. Permission must be obtained before using someone’s image, video, or music.
These are all considered plagiarism:
Both intentional and unintentional plagiarism are wrong and against the rules and can result in strict penalties. Ignoring or not knowing the rules of how to not plagiarise and correctly cite sources is not an excuse!
Collusion is a type of cheating, and it happens when students work together to submit an assignment which is intended to be an individual effort. It involves copying someone else’s work or allowing someone else to copy your work.
While collaboration is encouraged, passing off another’s work as your own is not.
When students engage in contract cheating, they get credit for work they didn't do and material they didn't learn. Contract cheating doesn’t need to include a payment for you to be accused of engaging in it as it can be done as a favour with no exchange of money.
The consequences of plagiarism vary based on the gravity of the infringement and can include:
Being aware of the penalties for plagiarism both in and beyond University can help you become more responsible and dedicated to the integrity of your work.
URKUND is an automatic text-recognition system made for detecting, preventing and handling plagiarism.
URKUND shows lecturers’ how much of a student's work matches content from their databases; so they can understand how much of the work is original.