Plagiarism can happen deliberately or unintentially and should not be taken lightly. Plagiarism is like stealing and diminishes the academic value of your research and threatens academic integrity and the pursuit of information and knowledge. Take the time to understand plagiarism!
RELATED: Academic Integrity
The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as having six components:
Yes, it is possible that you can re-use work from other assignments you have turned in for classes you have already taken and many professors could consider this self-plagiarism. "Recycling" or reusing work you have already done, especially without citing your previous work, may be considered unethical. Below are some links to read through and better understand this controversial concept.
Plagiarism can be DELIBERATE or UNINTENTIONAL. Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you MUST acknowledge their source to give the author/creator credit and to respect their intellectual property!
The following situations almost always require citation:
--excerpt from Plagiarism.org
For more help understanding plagiarism and citation for research papers, consult the library's Citation Guide.