The MLA Eighth Edition Handbook uses the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary to define plagiarism as "committing 'literary theft.' Plagiarism is presenting another person's ideas, information, expressions, or entire works as one's own. It is thus a kind of fraud: deceiving others to gain something of value. While plagiarism only sometimes has legal repercussions (e.g., when it involves copyright infringement--violating an author's exclusive legal right to publication), it is always a serious moral and ethical offense" (6).
MLA Eighth Edition states, "Today the Internet, with its many publications, databases, archives, and search engines, has accelerated the process of finding and retrieving sources-but at the same time it has complicated the researcher's assessment of their reliability" (11).
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