Plagiarism is derived from Greek and Latin terms for kidnapping
Plagiarism is presenting the words or ideas of someone else as
your own without citing your sources.
you don't credit the author, you are committing a type of theft
When you work on a research paper you will probably find
supporting material for your paper from works by others. It's okay
to use the ideas
of other people, but you do need to correctly credit them.
you quote people -- or even when you summarize or paraphrase
information found in books, articles, or Web pages -- you must
acknowledge the original author. It is plagiarism when you
or use a term paper written by someone else.
the words or ideas of another person without citing them.
Paraphrase that person's words without citing them
and paste passages from the Web, a book, or an article and insert
them into your paper
without citing them.
Your professor can easily see if you've copied something from
the web, by doing a web search ~ just like you did!