Plagiarism And Plagiarism

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Plagiarism is when one use another person’s work or ideas without getting his permission. Oxford dictionary (2015) defines plagiarism as “The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”. The word origins, based on Oxford dictionary (2015), is coming from “the early 17th century, from the Latin word ‘plagiarius’ that means ‘kidnapper’”. Although the definition can help us understand better what plagiarism is, it is sometimes hard to know where the line cross between real plagiarisms and actual use of a source, especially in the 21st century when the web and internet sources became popular, easily accessible and widely known. Looking back at plagiarism and to the source of the word it is clear that the act of plagiarism is old and take us back to the first century AD when the roman poet Martial, found that many of his poems are copied by other poets, without his agreement. Martial decided to take an action and write a poem to describe and condemn the phenomenon (Foreman, 2013). Looking at today’s world, probably the word “plagiarism” took at some point a different twist. Plagiarism is no longer used to mean “kidnap”, but it is an interesting concept to look at in an historical perspective. Looking at today’s world plagiarism has a tremendous effect on teachers, educational institutions and might even on companies. While institutions are eager to create better thinking students and lecturers are trying to push students to read, write and

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