What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined by Webster as “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own; use (another’s production) without crediting the source.” It is also considered an act of “literary theft: {to} present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.”

Often in academic work we are asked to draw upon the scholarship of others to support our arguments.  While this is a tradition that dates back almost to the beginning of the educational experience, it is also a tradition to properly credit those whose ideas you are using to develop your own argument. This includes incorporating your own scholarship into new pieces. The ability to analyze and synthesize prior research into an argument is at the core of developing as a scholar.  Using the ideas of others without proper attribution is unethical and a violation of the Honor Code.

Categories of plagiarism violations include but are not limited to the following:

  • Self-plagiarism
  • Inadequate citation
  • False citation
  • Failure to quote sources/material