What is Plagiarism?
The NCCU Graduate Handbook defines plagiarism as
"Plagiarism is the use of the ideas, words, or work of another without attribution when the information provided is not common knowledge either in content or form and includes, but is not limited to (1) quoting from the published or unpublished work of another without appropriate attribution; (2) paraphrasing or summarizing in one's own work any portion of the published or unpublished materials of another without attribution; and (3) borrowing from another's work, data, and facts which are not in the domain of common knowledge.”
In plain English, plagiarism means using another person’s thoughts, ideas, or written works (whether in whole or in part) and passing them off as your own. Whether you intended to plagiarize or not, if you use someone else’s work without acknowledging this through a proper citation, you are essentially stealing their work, and breaking the UNC Honor Code as well as the principles of academic integrity.
To cite is to bring something forward as evidence. A parking ticket is sometimes called a "citation" because it points out where you parked illegally. An award can also be referred to as a "citation" because it provides evidence about what you did to deserve the prize. Citations in academic writing simply identify the source of the text (evidence) you are using.