Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Doing research puts you in a position to present views relevant to your topic other than your own. You will discover many interesting ideas. But be sure you keep track of which ideas are your own and which come from other people. You must cite your sources correctly and give credit to others where it is due. That honesty in dealings regarding your coursework is known as academic integrity.
Plagiarism can be defined as “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work” (Dictionary.com Unabridged; http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/plagiarism).
In other words, you are plagiarizing when you copy the words or the thoughts of someone else and do not tell your audience that those words or thoughts were not originally your own.
Looking Closely at Plagiarism
The most important point to consider about plagiarism is not just that it isn’t fair to others or can result in serious consequences. It is that if you plagiarize, you are passing up a chance for learning.
What’s Wrong with Plagiarizing?
If plagiarism becomes a tempting option, maybe you need to rethink your priorities. Have you given up on school? If not, then the reason you are here is to learn. Doing research, thinking through ideas, and articulating your thoughts in writing are all a big part of that learning experience. You forsake that part when you plagiarize.
There is much more to consider with regard to plagiarism, however. What may seem like an insignificant act can be taken as an indicator of various character traits. For any given instance of plagiarism, any of these might apply:
- You are a thief. Yu couldn't be bothered to put in the required amount of work in terms of the research, thought, and writing the assignment required. So you used someone else's thought, research, and work, and stole the opportunity to learn from yourself!
- You are unimaginative. You used someone else's words and ideas, instead of paraphrasing or summarizing them, so you couldn't, or didn't bother, to think of new ways to express the information and ideas.
- You are dishonest. You didn't cite the ideas or infromation tha tyou used properly, so, in effect, you tried to pass them off as your own.
- You are disrespectful. You didn't have enough respect for those who conceived the original ideas or did important research on the topic to give them the credit they are due. In addition, you didn't have enough respect for the readers of your work to give them the facts of the situation.
- You are unprofessional. Being professional entails extedning a cerain level of courtesy to thers and following the fuidelines for a task, as well as acting ethically. By plagiarizing, you broadcast the fact that you do not care about professional standards and are neither courteous nor ethical. Is that the way you want o present yourself. Probably not. So take care not to plagiarize.
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