What is plagiarism?
The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as "the wrongful appropriation or purloining, and publication as one's own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc) of another" (2192).
Again, what is plagiarism??
We can think of plagiarism in two parts:
So remember, don't steal; cite.
Some examples of plagiarism:
The most important step to not plagiarizing is making sure you are properly citing your sources. Citing sources shows that you are doing your best to give credit and avoid plagiarism.
When in doubt, cite.
While plagiarism refers to claiming someone else's work as your own or not giving proper credit, Copyright Infringement usually means using someone else's work without their permission. This is especially true for creative works (music, art, fiction, etc.).
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement can overlap, but generally, we can think of it like this:
Sometimes, you can use copyrighted material without getting permission. This is called Fair Use.
Fair Use law is vague and open to interpretation, but these are the basic considerations:
Columbia University Libraries, https://copyright.columbia.edu/basics.html#layout_par_main_1_pagetitle_v2
For more information, see the Fair Use Checklist