Why is Plagiarism Such a Big Deal?


 Plagiarism is essentially theft and fraud committed simultaneously. It is considered theft because the writer takes ideas from a source without giving proper credit to the author. It is considered fraud because the writer represents the ideas as her or his own.


Plagiarism is cheating, a serious form of academic dishonesty punishable by the university.


Plagiarism can be illegal, and a violation of Unites States copyright laws.




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