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. …