"Plagiarism, An act or instance of plagiarizing (i.e., taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one's own). The fraudulence is closely related to forgery and piracy practices generally in violation of copyright laws."
~Source: Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
You can receive a grade of "0" or even fail your class if you plagiarize. Plagiarism can happen in several different ways. Some you may be conscious of doing and others may be unintentional. Examples:
Avoiding plagiarism can be a balancing act, but there are things that can help. Here are some steps that can help:
Here are some more tips. Must access on campus or login with your COM account for off campus access.