Plagiarism is defined in Brock University's Academic Integrity Policy as "…presenting work done (in whole or in part) by someone else as if it were one's own". Plagiarism can be intentional (for example, buying or stealing another students' paper) or unintentional (for example, citing improperly), but is a serious academic offense.
You can avoid plagiarism by:
taking careful notes to ensure you know which thoughts are yours and which are someone else's
learning how to cite properly (visit our Style Guides page for help with APA, MLA, and other citation styles)
Watch this video to learn more:
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