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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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