In our Information Age we have a responsibility to use informaton in an honest and legal manner. We can't copy and paste other people's words and research and claim that they're ours. It's important to give credit to the person who created the idea - cite the resources you use from any source.
Plagiarism means to steal the ideas or words of another person and use them as your own and not give credit to the person who wrote them. It is called LITERARY THEFT! To avoid plagiarism:
1. Keep a record of where you got your information from.
• Record titles, authors, publishers, dates and other relevant information for citation purposes.
• If you are using a website, also record the URL (web address) and the date you visited the site.
2. Paraphrase - put what you read into your own words.
3. Take jot notes - use keywords and phrases