"Plagiarism -- Unacknowledged or falsely acknowledged presentation of another person's ideas, expressions, or original research as one's own work. Such an act often gives the reader the impression that the student has written or thought something that he or she has in fact borrowed from another. Any paraphrasing or quotation must be appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. " (Tulane University (n.d.). Code of academic conduct of Newcomb-Tulane College. Retrieved September 12 2014 from http://tulane.edu/college/code.cfm)
Defining and avoiding plagiarism can often be tricky. Whether or not the plagiarism you are accused of is intentional or not, you will still be held accountable and penalized.