Plagiarism is noteworthy concern on high school and college campuses today and it is a growing one. Plagiarism is theft of other’s word or ideas in an attempt to pass off as your own or use of another’s work without giving credit. Sometimes plagiarism is intentional, although it can also occur accidently. Work ethically and learn how to cite and give credit where credit is due to avoid damaging your grades and even your future professional reputation.
Sometimes plagiarism is not mindful unethical act but rather result of not giving credit or improper citation. You are required to credit and cite not only quotes or source for facts but also ideas and thoughts. Most effective defense against this sort of plagiarism is simply conscientious work. If thought, ideas or words are not your own then must credit owner of this intellectual property. You can also plagiarize by using too much of another’s work, even with credit citation according to format preferred by your teacher or in your field.
Taking credit for another’s work is one of most common forms of plagiarism. This includes taking credit of their work permission or purchasing rights to use that work. Websites offering essays, book reports and term papers for a price are all supporting plagiarism. You should realize that teachers, professors and others are aware of these essay farms and can recognize work from them. In same vein, hiring someone else to write a paper for you, then turning it in with your name on it is also plagiarism.
Those who have been caught with their hand in proverbial cookie jar and called in no charges of plagiarism will probably see some damage to their grade if their mistake was innocent, fairly minimal and accidental. Learning proper citation and how to give credit is critical part of academic process. The penalties for intentional plagiarism might be much higher like they will fail in assignment. Depending upon their school policies, they might also be subject to academic probation, repeating class and other consequences.