What is Plagiarism?

The Oxford dictionary defines plagiarism as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”

Another definition, by Merriam-Websters online dictionary, states that to plagiarise is “to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own” and “to use another’s production without crediting the source.”

In other words, when you use other people’s work without crediting them, you are committing fraud as it steals someone else’s work and lies about it afterwards.

There are ways to avoid plagiarism by acknowledging where the information came from.

Images, videos and music can also be subject to plagiarism. You need to acknowledge the artist, producer and where the music, photo or video came from.

To check that anything you write is not subject to plagiarism, you can download apps like Grammarly, a plagiarism option.