Plagiarism is copying another person’s ideas, words or writing and pretending that they are one’s own work. It can involve violating copyright laws. Writers who plagiarize commit serious legal and ethical violations. 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. Carelessly or inadequately citing ideas and words borrowed from another source. Plagiarism occurs when someone
1. Uses words, ideas, or work products.
2. Attributable to another identifiable person or source.
3. Without attributing the work to the source from which it was obtained.
4. In a situation in which there is a legitimate expectation of original authorship.
5. In order to obtain some benefit, credit, or gain which need not be monetary.