Russell Eric Dorsett
January 31, 2013
Plagiarism is theft. There are many forms that plagiarism can take, but the results are the same. Students plagiarize for many reasons, some innocent, some not so much so. Time management and study skills are essential tools to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism can, and should be, avoided on student’s behalf.
The world-wide-web is exactly that, world wide. This means there is a veritable plethora of information about anyone or anything you can imagine as well as many websites where students sell their work to others for a small fee. Using these particular sites is not the problem; the fact that most of the time copy and paste are used next is. This is a form of plagiarism or using another’s work as your own. Plagiarism is a widespread problem in universities as well as online. In this essay, we will examine exactly what constitutes plagiarism, why plagiarism happens, and what the consequences of plagiarism can be.
A group at the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Journalism says that plagiarism is: “The use of any part of another’s writing and passing it off as your own.”(Shotz, 2008). The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines plagiarism as “to steal and pass off (ideals or words of another) as one’s own: (another production) without crediting the source, present as new and original an ideal or product derived from an existing source.”
When a student plagiarizes, he or she takes what someone has put time and effort into and makes it seem like his or her own. Plagiarizing can be applied to many factions such as an artist or songwriter stealing someone else's song or a public speaker stealing someone else's speech. (Shotz, 2008) Regardless of the form plagiarism takes, the definition does not change: Plagiarism is stealing! There are many sources that describe what plagiarism is, but the general consensus is this: “Plagiarism...