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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is using someone’s work as your own. Of course, this is a broad over generalization of the definition, but it is the most straight forward I could find. Plagiarism can also happen when you simply forget to cite a source you have used. In this situation, it would not be intentional, but it would still be plagiarism. This is why it is so important to cite everything you use to even form your own opinion about a topic. There are several different types of plagiarism but the most common seems to be the omission of a citation. This could be either intentional or unintentional, but it is plagiarism either way. Another form is taking words verbatim from one or multiple sources and placing it in your own work without a citation. The final form of plagiarism is to use paraphrasing and not citing your sources. It is very important to take down information about every article you read so that you can return later to cite it if you use anything from it (information or ideas) in your o…

Your Associations

Air
I would associate with air things that are blue, things that are fast, and things that are clean. For animals I think of things like rabbits, horses and the like. Stones would be anything blue, sapphire and similar stones. Plants I think of light and airy plants like ferns and rosemary. Colors would be blue first off because it looks like the sky or air. Also, white because it reminds me of clouds. Emotions would be happy and joyful. I don’t have much experience with this, but I think that when I think of air, I tend to think light and fast. I would expect something done with air would be fast acting. Spells or rituals using air should be something that can come about quickly although I imagine this is not always the case.
Fire
When I think about fire, I see red for the color and orange because they remind me of fire. Animals would be the dragon and the tiger because they are fierce. The gemstone I think of when I think of fire would be ruby or citrine colored stones. When I think ab…

Gemstone Essays

Ruby
It appears that rubies can be found in many areas of the world, included the United States. Burma was the main area for rubies at first, but slowly they have been found in other areas around the world such as India, Pakistan, and Myanmar. The ruby is made with high amounts of pressure are exerted on Aluminum Oxide or Corundum. The red color comes from the presence of Chromium.
There are many different legends attached to the ruby. One such legend is that the ruby will change color if there is a disaster coming. This would be helpful for farmers and sailors. Knowing ahead of time, that a disaster is coming one could plan to deal with it much better than someone who doesn’t have that time to plan. Another legend is that the ruby will protect the person wearing it. The thought was that the person would have to physically attach the stone to his body for this protection to be most effective though. Some felt that the ruby would have to accompany the owner to the four corners of the ear…