Plagiarism S: The definition of plagiarism is to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own. R: The definition of plagiarism is to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own. C: Plagiarism is defined as the act of stealing ones words or ideas and taking them for your own without crediting the original source. S: Piracy, Theft, Stealing R: Piracy, Theft, Stealing. C: Theft, Stealing, Piracy… S,R: are other words used to describe plagiarism C: these are other ways one can describe the dishonorable act of plagiarism. S: fortunately there are tons of ways you can prevent plagiarizing. S: Plagiarism is unfair to the original source of the information. It’s taking someone else’s work and claiming it as your own. Plagiarism doesn’t have to be direct quoting of someone’s words; it can be the use of statistics, ideas, data, etc. Basically any information that doesn’t come directly from you. By citing where you found any information you are giving credit to the source. This can be done by in text citation, work cited, or any form of citation. If you are unsure if a work needs to cited, it probably does! C: Paraphrasing is a way of adding your own little touch to sources to make them in a way more clarified. Paraphrasing involves putting the text in your own words, rearranging some of the similar text and changing the sentence structure around all while making It clear and not printing word for word from the source that you are citing. Paraphrasing is used mostly in papers for your classes, such as research papers. And if they aren’t cited or have been paraphrased, then that’s when plagiarism comes into play and nobody and I mean nobody wants that to happen. R: But, if it turns out you really do want that, you could just plagiarize. Technically, it isn’t illegal, they may not even find out! What’s the worst that could happen? Turns out, the worst can happen. Thanks to good ol’ modern technology, professors are able to use certified programs such as SafeAssign, a plagiarism checker offered by blackboard, which can provide an exact percentage of how original your last minute paper on global warming really was. More likely than not, you’ll be confronted by your professor, warned, and more likely than not, expelled, making it nearly impossible for you to be accepted into another college ever again. Next thing you know, you’re 30. You’re living in your mother’s basement with her Bichon Frise and working at a laundromat for minimum wage. Unless this is your all time dream, S: Don’t plagiarize R: Don’t plagiarize C: Seriously, don’t plagiarize.