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What is Plagiarism?

"The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." -Oxford English Dictionary

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Plagiarism Guide

This guide will introduce students to the concept of plagiarism, strategies for avoiding it, BCC policy on plagiarism, and citing sources.

Plagiarism Video

A Quick Guide to Plagiarism, via YouTube. Video created by Cape Fear Community College.


All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not