Plagiarizing content intentionally is absolutely unacceptable. However, one might do it unknowingly. It might happen that you propose an idea or gain first-hand knowledge about something and later find out that it has already been proposed or posted somewhere by someone. Although this is something that doesn’t happen very often, you should know what do if it does.
The best thing is to talk to your instructor about it and tell him/her beforehand that the idea was as much originally yours as it was probably someone else’s. Continue reading