Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else’s work, words, or ideas as your own.
More detailed definitions:
“Simply put, plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property belonging to another. This includes both the theft of unwritten ideas and concepts as well as the theft of written texts, notes, computer programs, designs, and/or visual materials" (Jones 4) .
"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.This definition applies to texts published in print or on-line, to manuscripts, and to the work of other student writers" (WPA).
Jones, Lars. Academic Integrity & Academic Dishonesty: A Handbook About Cheating & Plagiarism. 2011. Print/Web. Recommended handbook on plagiarism for Florida Tech students and faculty.
WPA (The Council of Writing Program Administrators). Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices.
Considered a lack of academic integrity, academic dishonesty, academic fraud, intellectual theft, and cheating.
The Florida Tech Student Handbook, under the heading, Academic Honesty, gives examples of plagiarism:
According to the Council of Writing Program Administrators, these are some of the reasons why students plagiarize:
Class Syllabus - includes the class policy on plagiarism.