Citation and Plagiarism

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Plagiarism in an academic field is very unethical. There is no difference between stealing academic work that is not one’s own and going into a store to steal merchandise. The consequences for both offences are often harsh and life altering. One can lose credibility, lose a hard-earned reputation, be charged criminally, kicked out of school or be financially ruined by any judicial proceedings against them. The cost of saving a few hours of academic study is not worth it in the big picture of life of any student. Plagiarism is also a major problem for academic facilities as well. The schools could lose there accreditation if it was discovered the work of their students was not original but merely recycled work of other students or other educators. Another problem faced by schools is that donations to the facility might cease to exist along with dropping enrollment as a result of plagiarism; this could possibly lead to the school going bankrupt. The schools credibility would and could possiblily fall, any research done by the school would be highly suspicious and scrutinized or worse, be dismissed outright by other academic facilities. The embarrassment brought to a school caused by a plagiarism scandal is another factor that schools must look at. The school itself could find itself under legal action and the resulting legal action could be very expensive. One can now begin to realize the effects of plagiarism are more serious than copying a few words of somebody’s work and not giving them credit for it. The effects are widespread for everybody and anybody in the academic field. Since plagiarism is an expensive game, we must find ways to minimize or eliminate it. According to the (Fastfacts: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity, 2005, p.10) there are “Ten Golden Rules To Avoid Plagiarism”. This paper will focus on explaining the rules so that students will know how to stay away from plagiarism. The basic idea of the rules is to use your own words to write the paper. Some students buy a paper from another source; or copy the text from the source into their paper and make it look as if they created it (Fastfacts: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity, 2005, p.11). Internet provides us with a great source of information nowadays and with the convergence of new technology, information can be easily downloaded and are free of charge. Some students simply take this advantage and assume that there are no rules to govern the printed material. Since it is easy for a student to retrieve the information, it is also easy for the person who marks the paper to find out the source of the information. Undoubtedly, with a missing citation, this will result in plagiarism (Fastfacts: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity, 2005, p.3). Some of the courses in the university are closely related to each other so students may want to use their paper for both classes. It is not because they are too lazy to write the paper again. It is simply because they do not want to repeat the procedures that will generate the same result; therefore, using the same paper will be easier. In this situation, (Fastfacts: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity, 2005, p.11) suggests students should get permission from the instructor before they submit the paper. This can eliminate plagiarizing and will not be counted as cheating. Students browse for information or ideas from reference books or anywhere on the internet. After reading pages and pages of information, they may easily lose track of the source of information. They may also mix up the information from the source with their own idea. Consequently, they have forgotten to do the citation reference and risk themselves in plagiarism. To avoid this, (Fastfacts: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity, 2005, p.11) suggests writing down the bibliographic information right beside the information and if necessary, you may need to add quotation marks around the words or phrases that are copied directly from the...
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