According to the Central Michigan University Policy on Academic Integrity, plagiarism is "intentionally or carelessly presenting the work of another as one's own. It includes submitting an assignment purporting to be the student's original work which has wholly or in part been created by another person. It also includes the presentation of the work, ideas, representations, or words of another person without customary and proper acknowledgement of sources." Committing an act of plagiarism is a violation of university policy and may result in disciplinary action.
Plagiarism is addressed in Section 2.B. of CMU's Policy on Academic Integrity (login required).
Plagiarism is presenting the work or ideas of another in your research without properly acknowledging the source. If you use the work of someone else and either knowingly or inadvertently claim it as your own creation you are committing an act of plagiarism.
An act of plagiarism can take many forms. Here are some examples of plagiarism:
Here are some tips for avoiding plagiarism: