Plagiarism is when you take credit for ideas or words that aren't your own. It is a form of stealing. A person who plagiarizes another's work is committing theft of intellectual property. 

Some examples of plagiarism are:

  • Submiting someone else's work as your own.
  • Copying from someone else's work without giving the orginal author credit.
  • Buying a paper from someone.
  • Copying and paste text, graphics, video, music from Internet sources.

Many instructors will automatically fail students who are found guilty of plagiarizing. 

Here are a couple of websites that are good resources about plagiarism.