Plagiarism: Discussion Questions

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Question Define plagiarism in your own words. What do you think plagiarism means? Illustrate your discussion with hypothetical examples. Why is plagiarism a serious problem? What is your opinion of the impact of the Internet and all its resources on academic integrity? How can plagiarism be avoided? One definition of plagiarism is that it is "theft of intellectual property." Do you agree with this assessment? Why or why not? What suggestions would you offer to eliminate both inadvertent and deliberate plagiarism? Plagiarism is incorrectly attributing words or concepts to your own inventiveness, without giving appropriate credit to the originator of those words or ideas. The most obvious example of plagiarism is copying the words of others without inserting a footnote, endnote, or other form of citation in a research paper. Professional journalists and writers as well as students have been found guilty of plagiarism, when they incorporated the words of others into their prose, and did not give credit to the original source. Merely changing one or two words does not absolve someone of plagiarism. It is also plagiarism if you paraphrase the words or ideas of an author and do not give that person appropriate credit. It is more difficult to identify plagiarism regarding paraphrasing or the ownership of ideas (versus directly-quoted words). What constitutes an 'original' idea is often hotly debated. For example, Shakespeare seldom used original plots. The author of the
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