To avoid committing plagiarism, you must acknowledge the source1 of anything included in your submitted assignment that is not your own work.
Your assignment can include a passage of text, an audio or visual object, computer code, data set, or someone's original idea. Your source may be a book, journal article, the Internet, even a conversation or email message. You must acknowledge the origin of the work.
Your instructor needs to know what parts of the work are your original thoughts, ideas and research.
Citing sources is an important part of the academic process. Your readers need to know where to locate the source in order to pursue further work on the subject.
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1Adequate acknowledgement is typically achieved through citing your source and including it in a reference list formatted according to one of the standard style guides. See taking notes and citing sources for more information.
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