Plagiarism is a serious issue in the American academic community. New knowledge is built on previous ideas and knowledge, and credit must be given to those who ideas are being used. Failure to do so and to present another's ideas as your own can result in serious consequences, including a lower or failing grade on an assignment or in a course, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the university.
Florida State University defines plagiarism as "presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgement of the source). Typical examples include: Using another's work from print, web, or other sources without acknowledging the source; quoting from a source without citation; using facts, figures, graphs, charts or information without acknowledgement of the source."