Everyone knows that directly copying another author's work is plagiarism, but there are also less obvious forms of plagiarism.
Plagiarism is copying an author's work and passing it off as your own. This definition may seem simple, but plagiarism can be much more complicated. Did you know that you could be held responsible for plagiarism if you paraphrase (i.e., to put in your own words) an author's work without providing a citation? Even if you cite your source, if paraphrasing is not done correctly, you could still be plagiarizing.
Luckily, you can avoid plagiarism by citing your sources. It is easy to do and shows how smart you are!
Plagiarism may not seem like a big deal, but there can be some severe and/or long lasting effects:
The following websites may help you better understand and avoid plagiarism. Remember that there are serious consequences for plagiarizing.