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Getting texts from Wikipedia articles, writting them in your

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Getting texts from Wikipedia articles, writting them in your own words and afterwards using them in your book is plagiarism?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
You are entitled to use Wikipedia for research. It is not plagiarism if you write something in your own words. Plagiarism is copying someone else's work.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi, thanks for your answer. So I understand that the information that appears at wikipedia is 'field-specific common knowlegde' and I am free to use it for my writing, without copying it exactly, but I can use my own words, that is modify the grammar.

Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
You can use the information but not the text and you have to do more than just "modify" the text. It has to be your own work.