Plagiarism is the uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else's words or ideas. Plagiarism refers to "literary theft". Plagiarism is similar to Copyright Infringement. An example of copyright infringment is when people videotape movies in movie theatres, then sell them on the subways or in public markets. In addition, when people download music from the Internet then sell it for profit. Plagiarism is a violation of the College of Staten Island's Academic Integrity policy.
1. When presenting factual information, you need to give credit to those who have contributed to your research. Citing references is important because it prevents plagiarism. Plagiarism is a violation of the College of Staten Island's Academic Integrity policy.
2. Keeps track of where you found all of your information. The reader (your Professor) may wish to track down your references
3. It shows that you have an understanding of your subject and enhances your credibility.