What is plagiarism? It has only one simple meaning to it which is copying someone else’s work and represents it as your own original work. It is of course unethical or immoral and frowned upon all over the world because its pure fraud. It started a long time ago, in the 18th century during the Romantic Movement. Plagiarism can be identified or related to very old literature such as Shakespeare himself. Some people believe that Shakespeare did not really exist and it was all some sort of charade to help with the revolution, while some people believe that Shakespeare stole other people’s ideas in most of his work such as “the twelfth night” and “Antony and Cleopatra”. Plagiarism is not something recent and has been going on for many years now.
If you think about it, many students have graduated thanks to plagiarism. With the advancement of technology and the internet, now websites such as “Google”, “Wikipedia” have become worldwide search engines which people use to obtain information. Students find it appealing to simply copy paste and act like its their own work. But here we have to stop and differentiate between two very important and completely different things. Paraphrasing and plagiarism might seem related but they are absolutely not. Paraphrasing is when you cope paste someone else’s information but state in the end who published or said that certain piece of information. As for plagiarism you ignore that little part and continue like its your work. Here is where the problem lies obviously, because its wrong to take credit for someone else’s work while you simply sat there and did nothing.
Some people believe that its borrowing other peoples work, but I tell them you can simply borrow it by paraphrasing it so it won’t seem like you actually stole it. Plagiarism is not a crime per se but is disapproved more on the grounds of moral offense. Within an academic ground, plagiarism by students, professors is considered academic dishonesty and is...