What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s intellectual work as your own. It is a very serious breach of academic ethics.
Plagiarism can be either intentional (knowingly copying material) or unintentional (accidentally neglecting to cite a source). Students can be disciplined for plagiarizing even if it was unintentional.
Most plagiarism happens when students feel desperate and have not given themselves enough time to grapple with the material, seek help, and do the work on their own.
Professors are shocked and saddened when students plagiarize, because it violates the implicit agreement between professor and student. Learning can only happen if students use their own ideas to complete coursework.
What can happen if you plagiarize?
How can you avoid plagiarism?
Before you begin reading about your psychologist, make a plan for how and where you will take notes and record your sources. Taking good notes from the beginning will help you avoid plagiarism and properly cite your sources in APA style.