Plagiarism Is A Form Of Cheating

2006 Words Jul 20th, 2015 9 Pages
Essay on Plagiarism
Nahien Chowdhury
University of Florida What Constitutes Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a form of cheating, and a serious violation of the honor code and academic honesty in educational institutions. According to dictionary.com, plagiarism is: a piece of writing or other work reflecting such unauthorized use or imitation [1]. In simplified terms, plagiarism is taking and using some else’s work without giving credit to the righteous owner, for using their information. This work includes but is not limited to text, graphs, pictures, statistics, or other types of information that is not considered “common knowledge.” It is also considered as stealing, thus it is not tolerated anywhere in the world, and penalties are strictly enforced.
Although it may appear that most people know what plagiarism is, they still continue to do it. As stated by Jim Evans, “Everyone seems to know plagiarism is wrong, including those who commit the offence, but few know how to completely define it…” [2]. Plagiarism may appear in different forms. According to the Illinois Valley Community College Stylebook, plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional, which includes copying words directly, or paraphrasing. Also according to the IVCC Stylebook, intentional plagiarism is defined as purposefully copying someone’s idea and presenting them his or her own, while unintentional plagiarism occurs because the writer is unaware that citations are required, does not know how to cite sources,…
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