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Plagiarism: Literary theft.
Plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer's language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own.
Copyright laws protect writers' words as their legal property. To avoid the charge of plagiarism, writers take care to credit those from whom they borrow and quote.
"Plagiarism." The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Houghton Mifflin. E.D. Hirsch, JosephF. Kett, and JamesS. Trefil. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. Credo Reference. Web. 17 July 2015.
Some of the most common forms of plagiarism occur when you: