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Define Plagiarism.

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* Clearly define plagiarism.
* Address why students plagiarize.
* Discuss intentional vs. unintentional plagiarism.
* Discuss the importance of citing with specific examples of improper citation and describe why this is considered plagiarism. * Discuss citing, direct quoting, paraphrasing and expressing another's ideas. * Define common knowledge and whether it is better to over-cite or under-cite.

Plagiarize means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (a created production) without crediting the source vi: to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. (S.E. Van Bramer, 1995) People plagiarize One of the most common reasons students plagiarize is because they feel overwhelmed. It's difficult to juggle the demands of several classes and have a social life. Many students also experience tremendous anxiety about writing assignments and research projects. Students engage in plagiarism for a number of other reasons as well, including: fear of asking for help with assignments, difficulty in finding and analyzing research materials, belief that unfair or unsympathetic treatment from a professor justifies cheating, or they get trapped into searching for the "one right answer." Unfortunately, a small number of students plagiarize out of laziness or surrender to the mistaken notion that "buying" a paper is not any different than paying for an education. However, plagiarism is never justified. (4) Experience brings an understanding of how to break writing and research projects into manageable pieces. Seasoned writers are often more relaxed simply because they know how to plan their work. They have learned from past mistakes and recognize that writing is a process. Learning how to plan your research and writing assignments reduces a lot of the pressure that can foster plagiarism. Why Students Plagiarize

There are many reasons students...

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