Wikipedia answers – “Plagiarism, as defined in the 1995 Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary, is the “use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work”.”
We all run in to an issue with Plagiarism at least once in a life time knowingly and unknowingly. It can be when we give the weekly assignments in school to a project report or matter content for the website. If I forget to add the quotes “..” in the first paragraph of this blog entry well I am also in trouble- I will be using some one else s definition for Plagiarism in my own blog as if I wrote it for the first time.
So to keep out of trouble is – Write your own contents if possible. If you use someone else s ideas give them credits by clearly in writing. Use quotes “…” where ever applicable. Even when you do that make sure what you tell the masses is correct. Even if you give credits but send out wrong information say for eg: F=ma (Sir. Newton’s second law) was formulated by Sir. Thomas Alva Edison, that is also wrong. After all we want to make the online community better and more useful.
Lots of Plagiarism tools are available. Check out this page:- http://www.shambles.net/pages/staff/ptools/ to find a wide array of tools.
Also while you take contents from a page and plan to give the credits to the original publisher, check out their terms and policies. Some of them require express written permission before being linked or copied to another page. A simple check will help you stay out of trouble.. Happy and safe blogging/Content writing.