Plagiarism can be defined as the misappropriation of other people works, words or ideas and presenting them as your original work (http://plagiarism.org).Plagiarism has been on the rise in recent times especially in institutions of learning. As a result of this, plagiarism is now considered an immoral act as it is an academic dishonesty and as result stern action are taken on students who engage in plagiarism. The reason why it is regarded as an academic dishonesty is because many students acquire college degrees and the recognition of their work which in the real sense is not even their original works. Plagiarism discourages innovations, and inventions in the field of research and other study areas and therefore this practice should be discouraged at all cost when one is doing the research on a given field of study. A study by center for academic integrity found that almost 80 percent of college students admit of cheating at least once. Examples of instances where plagiarism arises are: using other’s work as your original; using other people works without proper citation; incorrect citation of sources and imitating other person ideas plagiarism can either intentional or unintentional (Cornell University Library). This paper tries to define what plagiarism is, how to avoid and the various implications it has on students.
How to avoid plagiarism
Students can avoid plagiarism by use of any of the following ways: using writing assignment designs to mitigate plagiarism. This is because these designs require proper citation of sources (Heckler et al 96) Detecting tools
The other way of avoiding plagiarism is by use of plagiarism detecting tools. These are programs that have been built with the main objective being to detect plagiarized work. These programs can be easily accessed online such as; Gramarly, Turnitin which is produced by iParadigms and also Essay Verification Engine. (Gilmore 53) Paraphrasing and...