Plagiarism is when someone uses someone else’s work without giving them credit. “According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, "plagiarize" means: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own to use (another's production) without crediting the source
to commit literary theft
to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source” (Plagiarism.org, 2013) Plagiarism is not being truthful about your own work and trying to rewrite in a different way as if it was your own words. For example, copy information from the internet, not citing or paraphrase properly and not having a reference page. Yet, many people wonder why students plagiarize. I believe students plagiarize because some students wait until the last minute to do their work, rushing trying to turn in their assignment, not properly understanding how to cite, paraphrase, or use citations. However, other students just do not know how to write a paper properly and want their paper to sound different from their own writing. Most teachers/instructors believe that students plagiarize intentional and unintentional. According to Thompson, he believes intentional plagiarism means when someone has the objective to use someone else’s words and ideas (Baylor School, 2001). Unintentional plagiarism means when someone uses someone else’s ideas and words but does not give credit to the author because they do not know how to cite (Baylor School, 2001). However I have experienced unintentional plagiarism. During my undergraduate involvement at Radford University, I experience difficult time learning about plagiarism. I was enrolled in a class that required me to do annotation bibliography. Throughout, the assignment I was confused about the assignment. However, I never did an assignment like this before. Thus, I thought I understood the assignment and asked the instructor about the assignment. At that time, I thought I understood the assignment fully. I...
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