This webpage was written by Dr. Terry Wimberley and is used with his permission.
The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary Definition of Plagiarize:
"Main Entry: pla·gia·rize
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2004), http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=plagiarized
Plagiarism is not tolerated in any class taught at Florida Gulf Coast University. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the course at the point where the plagiarism occurs. Plagiarism is easier than ever in today's internet environment. Although widely practiced, it continues to be considered academically dishonest. This web site, and the links found herein are designed to assist the student in avoiding plagiarism. All students are encouraged to review this site completely and to learn how to effectively use APA citations and references in all of their written work.
Remember, if you are caught plagiarizing an assignment, there is no acceptable excuse. All college students are expected to know how to cite and reference research material. Poor writing skills and ignorance are insufficient excuses for plagiarizing - which is cheating. Please don't use someone else's words as your own! You have been warned.
If you are using your own work from another class, it will not be accepted. All material submitted for this course must be new, original work written by you.