We Must Work to Stop Plagiarism Essay

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Introduction Plagiarism has become a widespread problem in our society. Plagiarism is categorized as the using of ideas, words, concepts, or beliefs of others, without giving them credit for originating them. It seems as if everyone is looking for the quick and easy way of completing tasks by borrowing from their predecessors. Borrowing ideas or words from those who have come before us and have gained knowledge on a particular subject is what education is all about, however, when someone does borrow or use someone else’s information, they are morally, and often times legally, obligated to give due credit to the source. Plagiarism is a form of cheating, and cheating hurts everyone involved in one way or another. Plagiarism may happen due …show more content…
Many say that advances in modern technology have increased the occurrences of plagiarism. Whether this is true or not, it does make cheating, or plagiarism, much easier to do. The problem with plagiarism is that it is cheating, and cheating is wrong. Most people have been told since they could walk that we should not cheat. So why does it seem so acceptable to cheat in the form of plagiarism? Callahan (2006) surmised that honesty in general, is being challenged by many in our society as an “old fashioned” concept. There is what I hope to be a misguided concept that everyone cheats now days, and that it is acceptable for the most part, at least to some degree. What does this say about our society when there is an acceptable degree, or level of cheating? It is my opinion that cheating in one area of life will more than likely lead to cheating in other areas as well. When any level of cheating becomes acceptable, people will always push it further. This appears to be the case with plagiarism. Several years back, any and all plagiarism was considered to be dishonest and not accepted, especially in academics. Over the years, plagiarism has gained some acceptance, at least to some degree. This is where the borrower’s intentions need to be considered. If the borrower did not know they were plagiarizing due to a lack of understanding or knowledge of what plagiarism is, this should not hold the same stigma as someone who

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