Academic Plagiarism: An Outline The paper “Academic Plagiarism” is aimed to understand the hurdles and integrity issues that

arise due to the popularity of plagiarism in academic institutions across the United States. The paper starts by providing a general definition of the concept of plagiarism and the writer’s view on it. The focus then shifts to the debate of whether plagiarism is a moral or a legal issue or both; and how the U.S. laws are designed to deal with plagiarist incidents. Furthermore, the writer gives his views on the methods used to avoid plagiarism and the paper concludes by highlighting some of the useful plagiarism detection software currently available. Academic Plagiarism Plagiarism is generally understood as the immoral and wrongful imitation of someone else’s work and passing it off as one’s original work. In the fast paced world of academics, plagiarism is quickly becoming a huge concern for teachers worldwide as more and more institutional work submitted from students is being “borrowed”. The main source of plagiarism is now the all-access World Wide Web, from where most students copy-paste their work which is mostly poorly cited. Perhaps the origination of the concept was in the arts where most of the apprentices were encouraged to copy their masters’ work as closely as possible (Kock and Davison, pg. 513). This paper takes a negating viewpoint to plagiarism explaining how plagiarism is both an immoral and illegal act and legal steps must be taken to stop it from taking place within academic institutions all over the U.S. It supports this argument by stating that plagiarism kills originality and creativity amongst students depriving them off a personal perspective on humanistic and intellectual aspects.

in fact.S.Ata 2 Plagiarism is not merely immoral but personally I consider it to be fraud and an act of laziness. If I were to use someone’s credit card without their consent. I have studied many cases where a poor and lazy approach towards finishing assignments has resulted in severe consequences for the students. . pg. It is important to note here that academic plagiarism is not restricted to merely copypasting the text. it makes one’s work far more professional and sound. I feel that referencing your work and giving the relevant appropriate credits to the source is not time-consuming. the use of someone’s idea. It is usually the internal disciplinary committees of the colleges or institutions that manage and exercise the punishments of plagiarism against students and professors under the terms that they have agreed upon (Klein. The U. Broome. pg. laws against plagiarism allow the authorities and administrations of schools and colleges to initiate punishments ranging from suspension to expulsion to revoking of degrees as well as a permanent record in the academic files of the plagiarism committed. 274). However. I feel very strongly against the notion. 96. even though I realize the pressure that students are under nowadays to produce timely and quality results. there is still no way to detect if ideas have been copied (Clarke. improving the quality of the final product. while there are many plagiarism detection tools available to check for text borrowed. paragraph. which leads to loss in the overall credibility and integrity of the individual. that would be fraud! Similarly I feel that using someone’s ideas and words 1) without consent and 2) passing it off as original work falls in the same category. 4). approach or methodology to gain a certain result are also considered amongst acts of plagiarism. However.

adopted the following procedures to make sure that I handed in quality work that was properly cited: i) Make an alphabetical list of all online and offline books. numerous U. there can be no real detection of ideas being stolen or copied. Klein. magazines. paragraph. there are some institutions where internal managements feel that academic plagiarism is not necessarily a legal crime. they justify. paragraph. ii) Make sure that the citations are put next to correct information i. directing the reader to a detailed account of information. and. in their respective studies. 1): giving rightful ownership to the original author. relieving the student from proving the authenticity of the facts. I. that plagiarism does raise serious legal issues.e. helps (Standler. in my student years. They explain that the author of the original document has every right to pursue legal action against the misuse or use-without-consent of their published work. iii) Make sure that any and all quotations used in the paper are referenced and cited properly. iv) Always give the credit to the original author even if I have rewritten his words. This helped me distinguish between the original authors’ thoughts. 2. I still feel that plagiarism can be very easily avoided if one chooses not to be lazy with their work. Furthermore they argue that since all published works are given copyright protection automatically from 1 Mar 1989 within the United States it can raise numerous legal issues and thus must be treated so (Standler. providing a chronological growth and progress in the chosen subject (Standler. 4). colleges and institutions do include the act of stealing or copying ideas without proper citation as an act of plagiarism. paragraph. but an immoral act or misconduct. 3). paragraph. my analyses of those thoughts and my . This. websites or any other sources I used. articles.Ata 3 Nevertheless. use the right reference for the right text. Personally.S. Even though. However researchers like Standler and Klein disagree and assert. journals.

etc on the internet. it has also made it easier to detect plagiarism as more and more software are developed that compare one’s submitted work word-by-word with popular texts and articles/books/magazines. Personally I feel that plagiarism in institutions must be strongly contested on legal and moral grounds so that the overall approach towards an academic goal of a student can be revived into original work as opposed to mere copy and paste. This simply is a procedure whereby plagiarized text can be detected through the use of software or plagiarism detection techniques. the former can be tiring and time-consuming (Roy and Cordy.e. Plagiarism detection can be done manually or on the computer.plagiarismdetect. 2). Where the internet has made it easy to plagiarize work. .Ata 4 opinions thereof. It has becomes very important to conduct proper and thorough plagiarism detection. Some of the online databases that do a great job of plagiarism detection include: www. and v) Provide properly formatted bibliography of all citations used i.turitin. www. the standard formats that are accepted in academic institutions With the rise in plagiarized text.com. pg. however.scanmyessay.com.com Plagiarism simply put is what kills originality and creativity in the field of academia as more and more students take the easy route (copy and paste) to finishing their assignments. and www.

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