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Last Updated: Nov 10, 2015     Views: 2

Plagiarism refers to the practice of having intellectual property of others turned in as your own. Depending on the extent to which the content has been quoted/lifted, plagiarism could be as serious to a suspension causing offense at a university.

Avoiding plagiarism:
Quote all the text that has been taken from a source that is not yours,
Cite the paper and author.
Paraphrase the content and conclusions from the original source rather than copying it. Simply re-arranging the words and text is not sufficient, paraphrasing requires understanding the content and re-writing in your own words with no reference to the original content.
Editing your work yourself, checking for the originality of the work and making sure the references are in order of relevance. This would help you demarcate between your work and somebody else's work.

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