Plagiarism is like the flu. There are lots of different strains, and lots of ways to be infected by it! Bottom line, plagiarism is an unethical use of someone else's work: not giving credit where credit is due, giving credit--but not in a correct format, passing off someone else's work as if it were your own. Like the flu, plagiarism should be avoided! If you need to be innoculated against the plagiarism bug, check out this web site:
Citing sources! Every student's research paper headache.
How do you cite a magazine article in APA style? How do you cite a movie in MLA style? How do you cite a Web page in Turabian style? Here are some great resources to help you quickly find the right format for citing many different kinds of sources in the style required by your instructor:
FOR HELP WITH APA Style:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
FOR HELP WITH MLA Style: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
FOR HELP WITH TURABIAN Style: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html