The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as follows:
The UC Student Code of Conduct defines plagiarism as:
Learn more about plagiarism and its avoidance
In addition, plagiarism in the sciences is part of a broader definition of misconduct inresearch.The recognition of the larger framework into which the specific issue of plagiarism in the sciences fits can be seen in the National Science Foundation (NSF) definition of research misconduct as “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.” Issues of citation when using other people’s work, however, apply in the sciences as in other fields of academic work.
(The content of this box is taken from Avoiding and Detecting Plagiarism: A Guide for Graduate Students and Faculty created at the Graduate Center, City University of New York).
As a teaching assistant, you need to educate your students about plagiarism and its consequences. Direct your students to the interactive library tutorial: