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WebsterТs New World College Dictionary defines plagiarism as Уto take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one’s ownФ. With this definition, there arise many forms and kinds of plagiarism. One form of plagiarism is called cybercheating. This form of plagiarism can occur when one copies an entry from the internet and claiming it as oneТs own. This can also happen when one buys from an anonymous source in the web and claim it as an original work. Also, it can happen when a person downloads any form of information from the web and taking it as a personal output (“Cybercheating,” from the website of UMass Bost...

Advanced Information Technology and Plagiarism

Rampant Cases of Plagiarism Cases of plagiarism are rampant and are becoming uncontrollable. We can put the blame on the fast advancement of technologies. To be more specific, it is the internet technology which is now the most used medium to gather information. Not only that internet is very sophisticated but also, it is accessible to most. Decades ago, plagiarism only takes place when one copy ideas from instructional materials like books but now, it has become widespread as internet connection is almost available in every part of the world. The internet enables the people to access on almost all the needed information they want ...

A Common Writer’s Dilemma Part 2

Plagiarism has many faces. But there is a facet of this prohibited act that is taken for granted especially by the students. One of the common issues of plagiarism that students face while writing their school papers is citing the references. Recognizing the author of the information or argument stated in a discourse is a necessity. This is not just done to give credit to whom it is due, this is also done to create a sound argument. The act of citing the references will benefit the writer in the long process. In doing this, there are two citation formats that can either be used. These formats are the MLA and AP format and the ...

A Common Writer’s Dilemma Part 1

Plagiarism is a prohibited act. However, there are some people, both from the academe and the professional world, who cannot get rid from being caught or accused of plagiarism. Many writers are trying to avoid this but still find themselves caught or accused plagiarizing. Many colleges and universities are already imposing strict rules and regulations against this act because it is becoming pervasive especially among students who tend to just copy or buy someone elseТs work. The most common reason why most people are still trapped in committing plagiarism lies in the fact that there is a little knowledge about the forms and rules o...

How to Avoid Plagiarism Part 2

In writing a paper which uses other people’s ideas incorporated to the article, one should take note of these important reminders: • Know the proper paraphrasing rules Paraphrasing is one way of putting other sources’ idea into your own words. With this, one should rewrite the original idea using different words and sentence structure. However, this does not mean that simply changing the word of the original text qualify as a paraphrase. The idea of the original author should clearly be seen in the paraphrased text while using one’s own words. Moreover, despite the changes in the sentence, citation is still necessary for paraphra...

How to Avoid Plagiarism Part 1

Writing a research paper is part of a student’s life. Most of the time, students are required a research paper as the final requirement. In writing, one has to write his own ideas while incorporating gathered facts and details from thorough research. But while doing this, a student comes across many questions. When does a student’s idea begin and where should the research be written? How can a student mix up these ideas into one coherent article? How can one arrange different gathered facts and cite them? These and more questions can confuse a student. When these questions are not answered properly, plagiarism may take ...

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