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Using an image, video or anything else you find online in your work without providing a correct citation is plagiarism.
Plagiarism is the passing off of someone else’s work as one’s own, and is cheating.
Plagiarise - "Take and use as one’s own (the thoughts, writings, inventions etc., of another person); copy (literary work, ideas etc.) improperly or without acknowledgement; pass off the thoughts, work, etc., of (another person) as one's own."
From: The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
View fact sheet on plagiarism from Elsevier.
To avoid plagiarism you must give credit whenever you:
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Whether quoting, paraphrasing or summarising, using someone’s work without crediting the source can lead to claims of plagiarism.
The only source you can use in an essay without crediting it, is information that is considered common knowledge and as a result not attributable to one source.
Common knowledge is information generally known to a knowledgeable person, such as commonly known facts and dates.
Examples of common knowledge are:
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