In colleges and universities one of the worst crimes is taking (stealing?) other people's academic work, ideas, and analyses. Think about how much time it takes you to write a paper for class. Then try to think about how much time and work goes into doing the research behind the papers you read and the time it takes to write for publication. It can take years.
Collaborative work still needs to be cited! Whether you worked with other students in your class or found work on the Internet with no author attached (e.g., Wikipedia), you still must cite it!
Sometimes intellectual theft is unintentional, sometimes not. Make sure you're not guilty -- always clearly cite when you've borrowed work from other people.
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