Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is unethical, and according to Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques; “In the case of plagiarism, the author makes no attempt to attribute the information at all.” “Plagiarism is a form of fraud. You plagiarise if you present other writer’s words or ideas as your own.”

Many of us in college may hear a story or two from a Professor where a student or two was caught in an act of plagiarism, which is now more common to happen to suspects guilty of committing this act of “fraud.” What makes it so easy is that all a Professor has to do is simply copy a line or two from a students research paper and paste it in a Google search, and there comes up hundreds to thousands of results depending on the popularity of the writing.

So, maybe that’s not enough to cause one to refrain from this act of dishonesty, maybe one sees it as the only proper thing to do in a time where rushing through and finding key information is vital, I would encourage one to take more pride in their writing just like they would in any form of work that comes from them.

There is a very informal web-site on plagiarism, ways to avoid it, and just more key info on the act itself. “Learning to recognize the various forms of plagiarism, especially the more ambiguous ones, is an important step towards effective prevention.” There are also tips on this web-site on how to cite sources, which many fail to do. Majority of the time it’s a simple mistake, not an intentional one. Either way this may cause one to be in question, and may be reviewed for the act of plagiarism, and if found guilty may face great punishment, whether it’s long-term suspension, or even dismissal.

So let me encourage you as a writer, or as someone who’s just taking a course where writing is required for a grade, or a job, cite your work, and be original, if it’s a research paper, it’s vital to cite sources. If it’s an opinion or story paper, try to take pride in your work and originality, it might help when wrestling with the idea of plagiarism.