There are some people do not understand what exactly is plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as people who believe doubling somebody’s idea or exercise still is they thought or produced of it and even copy it without paraphrasing and citation. (Collins Advanced Learners English Dictionary, 4th ed.2003).In most schools, students may be punished or get 0 mark if they are discovered to plagiarize. We can separate plagiarism into two categories which are intentional or unintentional. In fact, they are resulted for the same treatments. Piety (2002 cited in Bamford and Sergiou, 2005, p.18) believes that most cultures disagree with plagiarism as a good thing but recognizes that some cultures take a more serious aspect of it. Therefore, there are some international students cannot easily to adapt this culture and they are determined to plagiarize in universities in English speaking countries. Also, some people may not care about their assessments but some people may get many stresses from it. The reasons why they decide to plagiarize will be presented below based on different cultures, different forms of pressure and procrastination.
As the above discuss, different cultures, different forms of pressure and procrastination all are the main causes of why people choose to plagiarize. Therefore, students’ willingness, value tendency and source of stresses can directly influence the percentage of students’ plagiarism. Learning citation, paraphrasing and summarizing also can help people to avoid plagiarism but the problem is not every international students are able to handle these methods. The result is students should be a better academic writer if they want to avoid plagiarism. If those English speaking countries can solve the above problems and enable students to understand the value of doing assignments, less plagiarism will appear in the future.
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