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Plagiarism and Fraud

FraudApart from property concerns such as trademark and copyright, the plagiarist also commits fraud. The plagiarist is aware that he is not the real author of a text or document and still he uses it deliberately and even goes so far as putting his name to it.Terms such as ‘academic misconduct’ used to describe plagiarism is simply an understatement because without doubt, plagiarism is the same as fraud. Fraud and plagiarism are two terms that just seem to go side by side.When one commits fraud, one intentionally twists the truth to persuade and encourage one to believe that what is saying, stating or printing is ...

Pervasiveness of Plagiarism

There are already many plagiarism instances in the past. Some of these plagiarism acts are done even by famous people. Some of the events are even famous because of the act itself. There are also events that are not famous but are still great example of plagiarism. What follows are list of plagiarism acts done over time. During his 1988 nomination as a Democrat president, Senator Joseph Biden was asked to step down and revoke the nomination because he was found out to commit plagiarism which resulted to failed grades during his years in law school. People also found out that he copied most of his speeches from Senator Robert ...

Kinds of Plagiarism

Research and plagiarism are two very different activities. But it is often hard to find the apparent cut between these two. There are times when researchers get to the point of a detour from a real study to mere plagiarism either unintentionally or not. Moreover, some forms of plagiarism occur in a very confusing manner. Thus, it is fitting for us to be aware of how plagiarism may take place to prevent all forms of it.No references mentioned “The Potluck Paper”A range of sources are used where sentences are taken from but these statements are then altered for personal interest of owning the certain concept. Altered ...

Intentional and Unintentional Plagiarism – Part 2

Now we go to every student’s favorite mistake, cutting and pasting. With the internet over flowing with information and research, student’s get tempted or down right think it is easier to just cut and paste sentences and paragraphs that they think will go together. A lot of them do not understand that they should be the one to make their own concept and ideas, and in the process learn. What they do is look for specific information and just mixed them together. Fortunately it is easy to detect these kinds of plagiarism with the same tool they used to plagiarize, the internet. The internet has websites that offer ...

Intentional and Unintentional Plagiarism – Part 1

Plagiarism is when you copy an idea or a concept and you present it as your own; that is how it is defined by most dictionaries. Plagiarism is a crime which most people, especially students commit.Yes, believe it or not plagiarism is a very serious offense. It is very common and sometimes people do not even realize that they are committing a crime. Some people just do not know how to give credit and acknowledgement to the real writers which leads to accidental plagiarism. But, the other kind of this offense happens with the full knowledge of the plagiarizer.The objectives of this section is to Define and understand ...

How to Put an End to Plagiarism

Importance of Cutting the Roots of PlagiarismWhen people know the hard facts about plagiarism and how it would affect the people involved in the act, more and more people might stop doing it. It should be duly noted that there is a thin line between good and bad. Thus, more awareness about the act will help people tread on the thin line of crossing between plagiarism and strictly allowable paraphrasing. When plagiarism is stifled even before it has taken roots, then there would be more chance of succeeding effort to cut off plagiarism permanently. Another reason would be to have a compact view of what plagiarism is because there ...

Detecting Plagiarism Online and Offline

With the new era and the development of the Internet plagiarism has become a big concern for writers and people who make original research work. Publish materials are not safe from anyone who knows how to use the computer and has access to the internet. The product of your mind and hard work, the write ups, article, research, and literary works that you have spent time doing can easily be stolen through simple copy and pasting or downloading. Yes, plagiarism is stealing; it is the stealing of someone else’s intellectual work and research. The writer’s idea of posting their work and publishing it is for the public to ...

Committing Plagiarism without Knowing It

What is Plagiarism? Plagiarism is a serious breach of the concept of ownership. When one commits plagiarism, he trespasses the rights of others, particularly the owner of the idea or work being copied. Trespassing is never good. Aside from stepping on the line of privacy of an owner, plagiarism also entails committing other sins. These sins would include lying, deceiving, and stealing. This is another reason why committing a single plagiarism would certainly burden one’s conscience. There are also people who would hide behind the reason that they are ignorant of how exactly plagiarism is committed. Thus, this forms another ...

Combating Plagiarism – part 3

Accurate citation of authorsIn the body of a research paper where you utilize most the ideas of others like great author, make sure to state accurately who really said this and that to avoid confusing the readers. This is more important when you refer to various authors and experts. It is when ideas from them and yours are mixed up that you find it hard to show which are really from this author and which are from that person and which are from yours. In instances where you have to use pronouns to refer to your sources, you have to make sure that there will be no puzzle in identifying who you are referring to. Due credit to the ...

Combating Plagiarism – part 2

Note-taking of “borrowed” ideasBefore putting your thoughts into words and before using the ideas of others in a paper, it is of much importance to know the details of all other sources. For instance, the internet links like the website from which you take some concepts in your paper, this should be found written along with other various references. You can also use other techniques to separate “borrowed” concepts from yours like highlighting them through colored pens (if you read it from printed media like books and newspapers) and (if it is from the internet or in soft copy) you can use different font ...

     
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