Plagiarism (noun) - The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
- The New Oxford American Dictionary
Plagiarism ranges from the obvious:
To the not so obvious:
Unfortunately, ignorance of the rules of plagiarism is not a defense. It is your responsibility to make sure work that you hand in is not plagiarized in any way. Pierce's Academic Integrity Policy explains what is expected of you as a student.
Although this great video from Washburn University is funny, plagiarism itself is not. To see some of the real world consequences of plagiarism, look at our Plagiarism in the News box on this page.
Plagiarism is a very serious offense, both in academia and the professional world, and the famous names below were all caught - and forced to face the consequences - for plagiarizing the works of another.