Plagiarism in an Academic Environment

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Plagiarism in an Academic environment

In the Academic world today, the rising incidences of plagiarism are putting more schools and universities on high alert, and zeroing in on how to detect and prevent it. Academic institution’s often have a Student Code of Academic Integrity. Students, whom are caught cheating, can be given warnings, bad grades or even expelled out of school. Today, information is flowing freely and with ease through the Internet. Having this option would make students think more about cheating. According to a survey conducted in 2000, about 96.1% of all respondents are aware of the Internet and within those 59.3% have access the Internet (Business Insights/NOP survey, 2000).

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• Copying material in a paper directly from a source without proper quotation marks or source citation.
• Paraphrasing material in a paper from a source without proper source citation
• Patch-writing
• Fraud
Definition:
In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledg¬ing its source (Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices ,2008).
Intentional use of plagiarism is different from accidental plagiarism. Reasons why a student may chose to plagiarize, include putting off working on assignment to the last minute, worried about their own assignment and capability to create or write an assignment properly, assigned tasks unclear or vague, lack the value of integrity and the incidences of plagiarism may not be included the school or university log books. In contrary, unintentional plagiarism in a large part, is due to students or individuals not being fully aware of the definition of plagiarism, in return cannot apply proper writing techniques. Such as, best way to put chosen or research material into their report, use of effective note-taking, professor or teacher not aware student lacks capabilities to construct report or essay properly and students not having the opportunity to partake in proper writing formats. (WPA Council, 2003)

Plagiarism, how simple it is in this modern time and why it is the
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