Since I arrived in the United States one of the first concepts that was introduced to me was the concept of plagiarism and the severity of its consequences. Since that moment I see myself focusing much more on paraphrasing and not committing plagiarism than the quality of the ideas that I am writing. However, I have noted that most of my ideas and opinions are probably based on somebody else’s work I might have read before. Therefore, is it not plagiarism? In the article “Intertextuality and the Discourse Community,” James E. Porter challenges the idea of what plagiarism truly is. He states that it is almost impossible to write without committing some sort of plagiarism. Instead, Porter introduces the concept of intertextuality, which he …show more content…
What he describes as originality is to take somebody else’s ideas and create new perspectives and opinions based on those points of view. In other words, Porter suggests that creativity is a matter of interpretation and that anything we write is the result of what we interpret when we read. That is why taking other’s ideas to draw knew opinions should not be called plagiarism because inevitable all writing contains some sort of intertextuality. One can say that intertextuality is necessary for a writer to have a better understanding of what they read. As an international student myself, paraphrasing is one of the aspects that turns writing into a nightmare for me. Since my vocabulary is somewhat reduced, I have to focus more on making my sentences look as different as possible to the original texts. I was so scared of committing plagiarism that I did not even consider the aspect of using the author’s ideas and creating my own opinions. Instead I preferred to follow the norm and paraphrase as much as possible. Sometimes I felt my professors paid much more attention to what I might have plagiarized rather than the quality of my own ideas. That is why writing turned into a systematic process in which I would only have to know how to rephrase sentences and I would be fine. In the moment I read Porter’s essay I thought it was contradictory to all
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As the world around us is growing rapidly everyday, we are easily overwhelmed by tons of new information. We rarely have the chance to think how digital technologies affect the way we gather the information and whether we are using it correctly. In the article “ Something Borrowed” by Malcolm Gladwell, he asserts that it is okay to use old ideas as long as the new work is transformative, and in the article The Plagiarist’s Tale” by Lizzie Widdicombe, she argues that copying is a creating process and continuous borrowing is a kind of art. Both the authors agree that borrowing is deemed to be acceptable as long as they are not entirely copying old work. It is true that everyone can have there own definition of plagiarism, and I believe that nothing
In the article “Intertextuality and the Discourse Community” James Porter points out to the audience that there is no original piece or writing. Porter’s article addresses the concept of plagiarizing. He does not oppose that plagiarizing is wrong, rather he claims that it is inevitable. Porter argues that in all pieces of writing are intertexual. Intertexuality is the idea that all writings have traces and ideas from other past text. Intertextuality is important to completely understand a piece of writing.
Ms. Wilensky believes that plagiarism occurs because “students leave high school unprepared for the intellectual rigors of college writing.” In college, the writing becomes more thorough, detailed, and the need for accuracy grows. Incoming freshmen are not taught crucial critical thinking skills needed for successful college writing while still in high school. I believe that this is true because high school teachers , especially upperclassmen teachers, are trying to prepare their students for the SAT/ACT and/ or state finals.
As per readings of Lecture 5 “Academic Expectations at GCU” Plagiarism is defined as the use of another person’s thoughts, ideas, words, quotations, or phrases without the proper acknowledgment of where the I information came from.
Plagiarism is not just limited to taking information from resources without citations. According to Theresa Ireton, an assistant professor of writing in Centralia College, Washington, there are also subcategories of plagiarism in writing, such as plagiarism of structure, authorship, and plagiarism of self . It is considered a plagiarism of structure when an imitator is paraphrasing by having different word choices than the original content. Plagiarism of authorship constitutes buying and turning in duplicate copy of another person’s work without any modifications whatsoever. Plagiarism of self is when an individual tries to utilize previously completed work as a resubmission for a different assignment. Even though the previous assignment is fully original content from an individual, it still constitutes as cheating due to an unfair advantage.
To create a piece of fabric, small textile fibers are crisscrossed, stitched, and sewn together. If unraveled, the individual fibers remain, but as a whole, they function collectively to make a larger and more significant piece. This is known as weaving, and it is argued by some literary researchers that this process of weaving can be figuratively applied to procedures of writing by way of intertextuality―the composition theory that claims all texts refer to other texts. From this assertion, James E. Porter’s “Intertextuality and the Discourse Community,” argues originality is nearly impossible to achieve, as no thought originates without influence from other sources; however, after examining the essays “All Writing is Autobiography” by Donald
Plagiarism in writing, which could be defined as borrowing a creator’s original ideas and/or words without attributing credits where it’s due, is considered a big concern in higher-education level. The difference in ways of writing among regions and countries baffled me, thus resulted in my interest in the topic. One of the ethical issue concerns the role cultural background plays in forming students’ way of writing: some believe that plagiarism is acceptable in Asian countries, claiming plagiarism is a concept produced and mainly employed into practice in the Western nations, while other counter plagiarism is perceived the same way everywhere in the world – to be frowned upon. This essay will mainly explore the notion of whether culture shapes the way students perceive plagiarism, and if the previous statement stands true, should it be appreciated as one’s tradition.
On one hand, the author meant that “there’s no such thing as a wholly original work of literature,” because he described how authors are inspired by other pieces of writing as poems or even paintings to write their literary work. They shared similar themes, characters or even they can combine many of literary features into their own that is the reason why readers have to be attentive in asking themselves: “where have they seen that before?” (pg. 29) Is it true that in chapters 4, 5 and 6 Foster describes that literature is affected by intertextuality to a certain extent, for instance, when writers lay back by prominent figures as Shakespeare or the
There are many definitions of plagiarism. The Code of Academic Honesty at Cornell University described this act as “the unacknowledged use of the words or ideas of others” (2005). “Using the words, sentences, arguments, rhetorical structures, and ideas of another without proper citation and acknowledgment” is how plagiarism was defined in the Code of Academic Honesty at the University of Iowa (2016). The Honor Code
In the article Avoiding Plagiarism, Sue Burkill and Caroline Abbey discuss the ambiguous details of plagiarism. I completely agree that plagiarism is hard to depict. The article talk a lot about using your own words but it did not speak of the fact that your vocabulary could be closely related to an author’s vocabulary. In my experience, I have had my own complete thought before I research an article. While reading articles, I notice that the author shares similar views as well as similar language. In education, a common vocabulary seems to be a big topic for most school. We all end up at the same seminars. Therefore, we develop similar language. So, it is sometimes hard to distinguish between your complete thoughts and the writer’s
Plagiarism is a temptation every college student faces. It's also a serious issue that doesn't always get taken care of. I think the way it has been dealt with is strange. Strange in the sense that there isn't just one procedure when it comes to the punishment of those who plagiarize. In Raymond A. Schroth's article, he focused more so on the professor's side of the issue. He also presented ways to prevent the issue in effective ways and gave information on not so effective way. I really enjoyed his approach to the article. Trip Gabriel's article brought to light just how common the issue of plagiarism is. It made me truly question the way students are taught how not to plagiarize and if it needs to be revisited or updated so it's more geared
Plagiarism, what is it and how to avoid it has been a major question on every students’ mind. Sure it is easy just to copy and paste and take all the credit for the work that another individual put in, but is it worth it? According to WPA, Writing Program Administrators, the definition of plagiarism as states, “plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.” Plagiarism has always concerned teachers and administrators, who want students’ work to repre¬sent their own efforts and to reflect the outcomes of their learning. However, with the advent of the Internet and easy access to almost limitless written material on
Plagiarism is a act of imprinting another person's writing, conversation, or even ideas. This even includes the information one gets from WebPages, the published papers online and even articles
“Copying’ or “borrowing” someone else’s words or ideas may perhaps be the more inoffensive way of explaining plagiarism. However, these two terms may deliver a connotation that plagiarism is not much of a serious offense. Whether the act of plagiarising is intentional or unintentional, it is considered as a fraud. In an academic setting plagiarism may even