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Plagiarius is the Latin word for kidnapper

When you work on a research paper you will find supporting material for your paper from works by others. It's okay to use the ideas of other people if you correctly credit them.

If you don't credit the author, you are committing a type of theft called plagiarism.

When you quote people -- or even when you summarize or paraphrase information found in books, articles, or web pages -- you must acknowledge the original author. It is plagiarism if you:
  • Buy or use a term paper written by someone else.
  • Cut and paste passages from the web, a book, or an article and insert them into your paper without citing them. (Warning! It is now easy to search and find passages that have been copied from the web).
  • Use the words or ideas of another person without citing them.
  • Paraphrase that person's words without citing them.