Plagiarizing is basically the act of a person using someone else’s thoughts, material, writings and/or work and not giving the creator credit. For example the recent speech and some writing of Senator Rand Paul were not properly cited and he has now been accused of plagiarizing material from such sources as Wikipedia. Plagiarism is apparently a large problem among students in university settings. Every syllabus I have received during my college experience has mentioned plagiarism and the consequences that would result if a student were to plagiarize. These consequences can be as serious as expulsion from the college. Plagiarism is viewed so negatively as it is an act of academic dishonesty. A person knowingly using somebody else’s material and using it as their own. What can be done to prevent plagiarism? Well, a good start is to properly cite material created by others in your own work. Including a bibliography and footnotes is a good method of properly giving credit. However, a professor may find it acceptable to simply use brief end of paragraph or quoted material citations only. Usually, this is appropriate when only allowed to use a single source or sources that have been discussed within the classroom. So, plagiarism is using other people’s material in a way that it may be perceived as your own original material. To avoid plagiarism give credit where credit is due using proper citations.