Plagiarism is "the action or practice of taking someone else’s work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one’s own".
Plagiarism is academic misconduct and subject to penalties ranging from a letter of reprimand to expulsion as outlined in Policy 71 -- Student Discipline.
If your work includes someone else's work or ideas, then you must give credit to that individual by providing a citation.
A citation is required for any of the various ways that you may be using someone else's work, whether you are quoting or paraphrasing words, summarizing, referring to, or building upon another's ideas or reasoning, or using the products of someone else's work.
Cite sources from all media, including print, electronic, broadcast, and verbal.
Tips and Best Practices
Consult a writers' handbook to obtain writing advice and academic integrity guidelines.
Take detailed notes throughout your research process. Identify all quotations, paraphrases, and summaries in your notes and distinguish these from your own original work. Keep track of the bibliographic information for your source material as you discover it.
Use a Web-based bibliographic management program such as RefWorks to organize your references in folders. Export records from databases to your folders. RefWorks will automatically produce a bibliography of your references, formatted according to your style of choice.
Refer to a style guide that is an accepted standard for your discipline. A style guide will specify formatting requirements for
citations and bibliographies.