Per NDNU Student Conduct Code, "Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit."
Plagiarism is cheating and is viewed as "academic dishonesty" and therefore, "academic misconduct."
You have plagiarized when you...
To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit by citing sources whenever you use
another person’s idea, opinion, or theory
any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge
quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words
paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words
You don’t need to cite sources when the information you write about are common facts, your own original research, and/or your own opinions and evaluations.
Some tips to avoid unintentional plagiarism
Citing is more than just creating a Bibliography!
Whenever you use another person's language, ideas, or other original content, you need to acknowledge this both within the body of your paper using in-text citations and at the end of your paper in the bibliography or reference page.
Your professor will let you know what citation style guide (e.g., APA, MLA) is required for the assignment. This style guides are usually specific to your discipline or area of study.
APA (American Psychological Association) - commonly used in the Social Sciences.
MLA (Modern Language Association) - commonly used for Humanities and Liberal Arts.