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How to Do Research

Presenting someone else's words, ideas, images, code, etc., as your own, whether intentional or not, is plagiarism. Lack of knowledge is not a defense against plagiarism. Plagiarism is theft - stealing someone's intellectual property without crediting the source.

If you use another person's words, ideas, images, music, or other original material in any document that you produce - essay, research paper, Web page, brochure, or other work - you must acknowledge that author by documenting your source. This is called citing your source.

Plagiarism misrepresents your work product and it violates the rights of the original author. It is unethical, dishonest, and illegal. Intellectual property is protected under the laws of the United States Government as well as the rules and regulations of educational institutions. Colleges and universities have strict rules against plagiarism. Breaking these rules can result in a failing grade for the course, suspension, or even expulsion.

For more information, visit Plagiarism Q & A.

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