Plagiarism is using someone else's words, art, data, or ideas and passing them off as your own. Cutting and pasting is so easy that many people plagiarize without meaning to.
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When you plagiarize, you lose the opportunity to learn and practice skills you'll need in your profession, and you also lose the opportunity to receive honest feedback from your professors.
In addition, plagiarism is a serious academic offense. USM regards plagiarism as academic dishonesty and consequences include:
When using someone else's words or ideas in your research paper, avoid plagiarizing by either quoting or paraphrasing them and then cite the author.
Use direct quotes and paraphrasing to support your own ideas, not replace them — and be sure you always give the original author credit.