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According to the WPA Statement on Plagiarism, "In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source" (Council of Writing Program Administrators 1).
In other words, plagiarism involves the deliberate use of another author's words, ideas, art, graphical representations, or any other original work as your own.
The document also makes the distinction between the unethical use of origianl sources and the misuse of original sources:
Most current discussions of plagiarism fail to distinguish between:
Such discussions conflate plagiarism with the misuse of sources. (Council of Writing Program Administrators 1-2)
- submitting someone else’s text as one’s own or attempting to blur the line between one’s own ideas or words and those borrowed from another source, and
- carelessly or inadequately citing ideas and words borrowed from another source.
Here are some ways students can avoid a plagiarism charge: