Sunday, July 5, 2009

Defining Plagiarism

No thought is completely original. We all have thoughts and ideas that we express as writers, but it is almost unheard of to be the only one to think of something first. That’s why we need to put our own twist on things. Our goal is not necessarily to come up with something brand new. It is to reflect on things in a way that sheds light and provides new insight for ideas that have been around for centuries.

With this in mind, it is wise to remember the definition of plagiarism:
1. The unauthorized use of the language.
2. Representing someone else’s thoughts as your own.
3. Using someone else’s written words without quoting them.
4. Stealing someone else’s ideas or written work.
5. Copying someone else’s work without giving them credit.

Please take the time to reference your work, and appreciate those who inspire you, by giving them acknowledging their contributions to your own.