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IME 777 - Graduate Research Seminar


Definition of "Plagiarism"

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, plagiarism is:

  1. The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.
  2. A particular idea, piece of writing, design, etc., which has been plagiarized; an act or product of plagiary.

"plagiarism, n.". OED Online. June 2011. Oxford University Press. 22 August 2011 <>.


Definition of "Plagiarize"

According to Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, plagiarize means:

  1. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own use (another's production) without crediting the source
  2. to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

"plagiarize, v." Merriam-Webster Online. 2011. Merriam-Webster, Inc. 22 August 2011 <>.

Adapted from the L.V. Johnson Library, Plagiarism, Copyright & Fair Use

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