Documenting Sources

During my freshman year, I had a great idea for a paper, and I was so excited about it that I told all of my friends about my idea. One of my friends liked my idea and used it to write a paper. To make the situation worse, he wrote the paper as if he thought of the idea. I wasn't very happy!

I talked to my English professor about my problem. As my professor explained, this situation happens to authors frequently. I never really thought that using someone else's ideas or words was a kind of stealing until my professor taught me that plagiarismThe act of presenting someone else's work as one's own. can easily happen either on purpose or accidentally. Because of my experience, I make sure I track and document all of my sources by creating citations.
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