Plagiarism 101

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 
Pronunciation: 'plA-j&-"rIz also -jE-&-
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -rized; -riz·ing
Etymology: plagiary
transitive senses : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
intransitive senses : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
- pla·gia·riz·er noun" (Merriam-Webster, 2004)


Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2004),



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.

 Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It