Essay on Plagiarism

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According to the code of conduct at Clarion University plagiarism is “the use of another's words without attribution and without enclosing the words in quotation marks. Plagiarism may also be defined as the act of taking the ideas or expressions of ideas of another person and representing them as one's own--even if the original paper has been paraphrased or otherwise modified.” (“Department of Nursing” ) A lot of people, including myself have been confused of what plagiarism really means. Through my research I found that there are many different kinds of plagiarism and that a lot of people do it without even being aware they are. I have made the mistake of thinking that you could use another persons quote as long as it was cited,…show more content…
Barnbaum) If there is a direct quote that would be useful then the quote needs taken directly with both quotes and citations, or when paraphrasing information it needs to be cited. If neither of these is done then it is plagiarizing. (C. Barnbaum) This form of plagiarism is what I think a lot of people do because they may agree with another person’s thoughts and then want to make it in to their own so they will change a few words around to make it sound like their own words. The third type of plagiarism I have found is called "Style Plagiarism." (C. Barnbaum) This plagiarism is said to be the most common trap that students fall into. (C. Barnbaum) Even if you aren’t copying word for word but the same sentence or paragraph order is followed then this would be plagiarism because this is considered taking the authors "reasoning style." (C. Barnbaum) Plagiarism does not always mean copying information but it can also be stealing the writing format as well. I think this can be considered a trap because people think it’s not okay to steal information but taking the order, outline, flow, or style it is written in is different but really it is still a form of plagiarism. The next kind of plagiarism is called "Metaphor plagiarism" which is not always taking information word for word but using the same comparison or words to describe something. (C. Barnbaum) An original idea that someone else takes

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