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If you don't cite your sources properly, you are plagiarizing. Not only will this negatively impact your grade, but it's a violation of the Academic Integrity Code outlined in your Student Handbook.
Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source). The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas, information, etc., are common knowledge.
(Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Some examples of plagiarism include:
Copyright laws grant creators exclusive rights to how their creation is used. A work is protected from the "...time the work is created in a fixed form" . Some examples are books, maps, charts, prints, photographs, music, drama, paintings, drawings, sculpture, movies, computer programs, records and tapes, dance, architecture, and characters. (Copyright Basics, 2008, p.1- 3), (Samuels, 2000)
For more information visit the official website for the U.S. Copyright Office.
Samuels, E. (2000). The illustrated story of copyright. New York: St. Martin's Press.
U.S. Copyright Office. (2008). Copyright Basics. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
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