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The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as

According to the MGA Student Handbook, plagiarism is “using another’s phrasing, concepts or line of reasoning as your own without giving proper credit to the author or creator.”[1][2]

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Any time you use ideas that are not your own in anything that you write on any medium, you must supply a citation in an identifiable citation method, e.g., Digital, MLA, Chicago, etc.

Willful plagiarism will result in automatic failure of this class (with a grade of an “F”) and will be pursued to incite the utmost penalty for such dishonesty. Academic falsehood, in any form, will constitute class failure.

Accidental plagiarism may lead to an assignment failure if it is not corrected in a timely manner. “I didn’t know” is no excuse to plagiarize. Remember three things:[3]

  • If an idea is used from a source verbatim, it must be quoted by enclosing it in quotation marks and cited.
  • If an idea is used from a source in the writer’s own language, it is a paraphrase and must be cited. Just moving a couple of words around and not citing is also considered plagiarism.
  • If an idea used is not original nor is it common knowledge, a source must be cited.

Unsure as to what to cite, when to cite, and how to cite? Check your handbook for the best information. You might also consult the following resources.



  1. See the Student Handbook Code of Conduct, Definitions #16.
  2. For more clarity, see "What Is Plagiarism?". p.org. May 18, 2017. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  3. For more explanation of each point, see "The MGA English Department's Definition of Plagiarism" (PDF). Middle Georgia State University. n.d. Retrieved 2019-08-15.