Plagiarism When Using The Internet

META TAG (title): UntitledWhat is Plagiarism?Plagiarism involves the taking of someone else’s words or ideas and trying to attribute them as your own. When most students think of plagiarism, they may think of outright copying another’s works (Figure 2.5 ). However, plagiarism can delve into some murky territory that includes everything from wrongful appropriation to blatant thievery. While plagiarism may not be a crime per se, in many academic and professional contexts, plagiarism carries with it serious risks, including expulsion and/or termination from a position, organization, or company.In its simplest form, plagiarism occurs when someone takes the words or ideas of someone else and attempts to present them as their own. Presenting someone else’s work as your own is what distinguishes plagiarism from mere citation or quotation. When you quote or cite someone or something, you give credit to where the quote or idea originates.The “ideas” part of plagiarism can be especially tricky. Who’s not to say that two completely different people could have had the exact same idea at the exact same moment? Inevitably, one person would be named a copycat. And while this does happen, the instances are few and far between.We’ll say it right now: deliberate plagiarism should be avoided at every moment in your academic and professional career.


To knowingly take the work of others and attribute it as your own is quite simply unethical, unprofessional, and just plain wrong. If you think you can get away with it, think again: many academic and professional services can detect if sections or portions of your work are found elsewhere, particularly on the internet. Additionally, if you have developed a unique writing style and author’s voice, it can become very obvious when you cut and paste a completely different author’s style and tone into the middle of your work.That said, unintended plagiarism is more common than you might think.Sometimes the problem stems from working too closely with source material. If you find that your phrasing or speech structure begins to mirror too much of your source research, consider writing with the aid of notes, as opposed to whole sources such as books, articles, or web pages.


You might find it’s easier to craft original compositions of your own by working off of your own notes and paraphrasing. It can be tempting to grab a line or two when you’re crunched for time, but avoid the temptation. Is expulsion or termination worth the ten minutes of corner cutting?Source: is an openly licensed educational resource Avoiding Plagiarism When Using the InternetIn the age of the Internet and social media, it can be both very easy and very tempting to plagiarize. In short: don’t. In Haste?


Don’t Copy and Paste.  When pressed for time with a looming deadline, you might think a quick copy and paste of a few sentences here or maybe a paragraph there might be an easy solution. While it certainly is easy to Control+C, Control+V your way through a speech, it’s certainly not wise.It might be tempting to fire up your browser and pick a relevant source buried deep within the search results. “Who looks all the way at what’s on search page 10?” you may be thinking. Just because it’s obscure doesn’t mean it’s okay to take it and claim it as your own.If you get caught, you could face serious academic or professional consequences. Plus—on a very plain note—it’s just not cool.


It’s just bad intellectual form. In the age of the Internet, as easy as it can be to just lift something from a relevant but obscure source via Google, it’s equally as easy to get caught plagiarizing the words of others (Figure 2.6 ).Yes. Yes, You Will Get Caught.With the advent of complex, proprietary search engine algorithms has come another niche market: plagiarism detection. If you think you can get away with just borrowing a sentence here or there, beware: sites like CopyScape and’s software can be used by academics and professionals alike, running your work through their programs to see if anything comes up with a red flag.And if you think you can fool plagiarism detection software, don’t count out manual checking, either. You might pull a sentence or idea from an obscure professional or expert in the field, but keep in mind that your professor is an expert in this field; he or she is likely to have read whatever you’re copying.When in doubt, avoid the temptation to plagiarize despite the seemingly endless availability of content online. Your speech is better served when your words are original and genuine.Source: is an openly licensed educational resourceMETA TAG (title): KEY POINTS
• Word to the wise: just don’t plagiarize. Seriously. Don’t do it.• Intentional plagiarism isn’t as easy to get away with as you think: institutions and companies have ways of detecting whether or not you’ve plagiarized your work, and it can have serious academic and professional repercussions if you are caught.• If you find yourself tempted to nab a couple of lines from one of your research sources, put the full source away. Instead, rely on your own notes and paraphrasing to lessen the temptation to outright copy the work of another.


• Just because you can copy and paste a few sentences or paragraphs from an obscure Internet source doesn’t mean you should.• Many academic institutions and even some professional organizations use online plagiarism detection software, such as CopyScape, Attributor and PlagiarismDetect.• Just because you might thwart an online plagiarism detector doesn’t mean you don’t run the risk of being caught via manual plagiarism detection, either.• When in doubt, avoid the temptation to plagiarize despite the seemingly endless availability of content online. Your speech is better served when your words are original and genuine.META TAG (title): META TAG (title): What is Plagiarism?Avoiding Plagiarism When Using the Internet META TAG (title): Section 2META TAG (title): PlagiarismMETA TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): What is Plagiarism?Avoiding Plagiarism When Using the Internet META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): Section 2PlagiarismMETA TAG (title): 53META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): 54META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): Plagiarism is stealing, plain and simple.META TAG (title): Figure 2.5 PlagiarismMETA TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): 55META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): 56META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): META TAG (title): As tempting as it might be to plagiarize with the vastness of available sources on the internet – don’t do it.META TAG (title): Figure 2.6 Avoiding Plagiarism on the InternetMETA TAG (title):

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