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What is plagiarism?
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[Comments in brackets, like this, were added by the ASU Psychology Department to reflect APA style.]
Thanks to ASU Psychology for these examples.
Plagiarism is presenting someone else's words, knowledge, or ideas as though they were your own.
However, information considered to be "common knowledge" does not need to have its source documented.
The book "The Aztecs: Gods and Fate in Ancient Mexico" by Cottie Burland and Werner Forman contains the following sentence: "Diseases were thought of as small, insect-like spirits, that were sent among the people for one reason or another, usually by the gods." (p. 32)
If source information is not provided, all of the following are examples of plagiarism:
What is common knowledge?
Common knowledge may include:
Each professor has a slightly different interpretation of what constitutes "common knowledge." Students should make sure they understand their professors' standards before writing papers.