There are many reasons you should care about avoiding plagiarism in your academic and professional work.
First, plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty or cheating. If you plagiarize, you jeopardize your personal, academic, and institutional integrity. You can ruin your reputation for future jobs. Even more importantly, you will not convey a Christ-like image to others if you are dishonest in your work.
Second, plagiarism has serious academic consequences. You can fail an assignment, a class, or even be suspended or expelled from the College.
Last, if you do not cite your sources, the quality of your work will suffer. Your readers – and your professor – will not be able to follow your sources or see how you have supported your arguments.
Since plagiarism is such a serious offense, let’s take a moment to refresh ourselves on what it is and is not.
Plagiarism is when you pass off someone else’s work as your own, fail to mention peers you collaborated with, or fail to cite or quote sources.
Plagiarism can happy on purpose or by accident – so be very careful when writing and proofreading your papers.
On the other hand, remember that you don’t have to cite everything in your paper.
Well-known sayings and historical events are referred to as “common knowledge” and do not need to be cited.
You also don’t need to cite your own research findings or interpretations of your sources.