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The Plague of Plagiarism

June 12, 2008

A quick google of the word plagiarism comes up with 28,900,000 links. And a quick browse through two pages worth of those links can make one think that the electronic age has brought about an epidemic of plagiarism.

What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the act of copying another person’s words or thoughts, and pretending they are one’s own. Other definitions would include more ominous terms such as theft, piracy, fraud, treachery, felony…and rightfully so, because plagiarism is a serious offense. It is a crime punishable by law in most countries, especially in the United States.

False Impressions (Shouldn’t) Last
It is common misconception that only copying word-for-word without crediting the source is considered plagiarizing. But a plea of ignorance will not excuse you in a court of law or halls of academic institution, so equip yourself with the necessary facts. …

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Why Do People Commit Plagiarism?

February 10, 2008

 Why Do People Commit Plagiarism and How Could They Prevent it?

Using or passing off someone else’s ideas, inventions and writings is what plagiarism means according to the Grolier New Webster’s Dictionary. Plagiarism is not having originality. A person who plagiarized cannot be called as a writer (essay writer or paper writer). Plagiarism is copying of other’s words without even crediting the source or even knowing if the one copied was understood. While analysis is the interpretation of what you have understood. Analysis of the topic is what someone should consider first before being a good writer. The writer should know how to discuss the topic or the work that he have done. It is not enough that you finished doing it, what is more important is how you present or understand it.

Plagiarism is like budding. Budding means “to engraft or to insert a bud of one variety of tree or shrub under the bark of another stock”. Meaning, a part of one plant is just combined with a part of another plant producing a new one. But the one produced is just a combination of the two sources. Just like plagiarism, combining of different facts owned by others. Both may improve the original or the source but it is still an exact copy of the different sources joined together.

There are different possible ways of plagiarism. One of which is copying the exact ideas owned by someone else without giving any credit or citation. This is important if the writer wants to borrow or use others words and ideas. A citation is significant because it is the way of telling to the readers that a certain idea came from another source. This is also to give the readers more information like where to find the source for further research. It should include information about the author, the date, name and location of company that published, title of the source including also the exact page(s). Following this, one may not be accuse of plagiarism. But the writer must be very careful with the information that he/she will write in the citation. Giving incorrect information about the source is also a form of plagiarism. It does not mean that once you have your citation, you are not plagiarizing because if the majority of one’s work came from his/her source, it is also plagiarism.

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Plagiarism and Ways of its Avoidance

December 24, 2007

Plagiarism is actually an unauthorized and unacknowledged usage of someone’s ideas, thoughts, theories, writings or sayings, and is a form of academic offence. It includes usage of any graphs, static or facts which are not well-known without proper referencing. Even paraphrased sentences or phrases may be considered to be plagiarism because in this case an author, first of all, uses someone’s idea and, secondly, tries to present it as the own one. On the other hand, if a writer writes some information in his own words and properly cites the source of information, the work won’t be rated as plagiarized. So, plagiarism is a direct copying of someone’s work and is against copyright law, however it is possible to use someone else’s ideas or thoughts if the original author is acknowledged.

From this point of view all the information we carry may be considered to be plagiarism except of that which is our personal experience.

 

Here I can give an example from my own experience: even though in my country

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