What Is Plagiarism?

what is plagiarism

Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own. These ideas can also be visuals, such as charts, graphs, or statistics.

Some students buy a paper and submit it as their own; this is intentional plagiarism compromises (dishonors/discredits/undermines) a student’s education, as well as the educational process Instructors, assign papers for a reason, and if you avoid the work, you miss a valuable opportunity to learn For most students, however, plagiarism is unintentional.

Plagiarism can be the result of carelessness, poor time management, unknown about the convention of documentation, laziness, or simply panic.

For example, some students do not give enough time to do an assignment, forget to include documentation, or cut and paste information from the internet directly into their papers.

Some students have the mistaken belief that if online information doesn’t have an identifiable author, it is right to use it without documentation Whatever the reason when you present information from a source as if it were your own (intentionally or unintentionally), you are committing plagiarism.

To avoid plagiarism, give credit where credit is due (rightful) Document all information you borrow from your sources (summaries, paraphrases, statistics, images ..) But it is not necessary to document common knowledge Common knowledge is factual information available in several reference works  Even for common knowledge, you can’t use the exact words of a reference source without quoting the source and providing appropriate documentation.


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