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According to Oxford Dictionary of English, plagiarism is "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own." Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional.
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Plagiarism constitutes a breach of academic integrity and represents substandard scholarship. Plagiarism can have lasting impact on the future career, regardless of whether it was intentional or not.
The responsibility to avoid plagiarism belongs with the student or researcher. Plagiarism can be avoided by learning how to correctly acknowledge any ideas, words, images, data, etc. that belong to somebody else.