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What is Plagiarism?

In college, you’ll have to write papers that require the use of sources. These sources serve as evidence to prove or disprove the arguments you make in your paper, or to enhance your original ideas that you include in your paper. However, when you use these sources incorrectly, you end up committing acts of plagiarism.

In order to avoid plagiarism in a college paper, or any other type of work, you need to know what plagiarism is.

What is plagiarism? It is more involved than just not giving credit. In college, it’s known as academic fraud. It’s basically a form of cheating, whether it’s accidental or intentional. Let’s look at how plagiarism is defined.

  1. When you plagiarize, you are fraudulently claiming credit for another person’s words and ideas. You are presenting those ideas as original, when in fact, they belong to someone else.

For example, a renowned literary scholar who wrote a critical analysis on a particular book included, as part of the analysis, their own ideas about how a character’s motivations in that book are shown by the author. If you put those ideas in a paper you are writing about the same book, and don’t credit the original owner, you are plagiarizing.

  1. Plagiarism occurs when you do not properly cite your sources. When you copy something directly from a source without changing any of the wording, you need to put quotation marks around what you copied. Then you need to properly cite the source the quotation is from. Also, do not misquote the author by changing the spelling, even if it’s wrong.

  2. Plagiarism occurs when a student does not paraphrase something from a source correctly and doesn’t cite the source that they paraphrased. Your paraphrase should only contain a few words from the original text. Furthermore, even though you are writing about the author’s ideas in your own words, those ideas are still not yours, and should be cited appropriately.

  3. Plagiarism also occurs when you copy the sentence structure from a source, even when you change the words. There are four sentence structures: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex. Whichever sentence structure is used in the source; you need to use a different sentence structure.

  4. Plagiarism is using too much from one source. There are fair use laws that govern the amount of copyrighted work that can be used in a paper (or any other medium for matter) without getting written permission from the owner. This is why professors require that a paper have at least three or more sources. The number varies depending on how long the paper has to be.

  5. There is a type of plagiarism known as self-plagiarism. This is when you reuse, or recycle your own work without properly citing yourself. When you don’t do this, you are falsely claiming that you did the work. Yes, you did do the work when you wrote the paper the first time, not when you used it for a second time.

For instance, if you have to retake a class, and the paper assignments are the same as they were previously, you can’t just reuse your old papers. You have to write new papers. You can only use parts of your old papers if they fit into the context of the new papers. When you do that, you have to include a proper citation to yourself.

  1. A definition of plagiarism is when you turn in someone else’s work as your own. This pertains specifically to taking a paper you purchased online and passing it off as your own work. Furthermore, when you buy a completed paper from an online essay mill, you are buying plagiarized material that has been sold more than once.

Overall, plagiarism is unethical. This is why:

  1. You are being dishonest when you are copying other people’s ideas in your paper without giving credit. Instead you claim those ideas to be your own. This is deceptive. A person’s ideas are their intellectual property and you are stealing it from them when you plagiarize.

  2. Plagiarism is unethical because when you plagiarize, it can be disrespectful to your peers. It’s not fair to students who do put in the hard work, even if they have to stay up all night studying for that exam or writing that paper.

  3. Plagiarism is unethical because it violates the academic integrity code (this can be called something else, like the honor code or code of conduct) at every accredited college and university.

  4. Plagiarism is unethical because, as I’ve already mentioned previously, it is a form of cheating. Cheating is academic dishonesty. You are deceiving your professor and being dishonest when you intentionally turn in plagiarized work.

Now that you know what plagiarism is, it should be easy to avoid it when you are writing your paper or working on another type of project for class. But, let’s say you’re having trouble writing an essay or paper in your own words, and coming up with original ideas about a topic. Many students turn to Prescott Papers for help with their papers and essays. The writers hired by Prescott Papers are experts in many subjects. No matter what the subject, we’ll be able to find a writer who can write a well-organized paper according to your exact guidelines.

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