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In academic settings, there is one crucial academic ethical standard that students must abide by and that is to not produce plagiarized documents. In the following paper, there will be an outline of a specific definition of plagiarism. Along with the definition with plagiarism, there is also a discussion of why students plagiarize. Plagiarism have become a major problem in academic institutions due to the clever ways that students misuse scholarly information for their own benefit of learning and understanding the information presented in the courses that they are enrolled in. This examination of plagiarism will also review the topics of intentional versus unintentional plagiarism, how to properly cite a paper by using direct quoting, paraphrasing and citing references. In the computer age, the fear is that students will use the internet to obtain analysis, interpretation or even complete assignments and then submit these as their own work. Plagiarism is not just limited to academics, but also in our whole multimedia society.

What Is Plagiarism?
The concept of plagiarism has been around ever since people created the ability to gather and process information in a variety of ways. Plagiarism can be described with the words copying or borrowing, however plagiarism is a major illegal offense that have serious consequences. Throughout the academic societies around the globe and beyond, more people in the educational system and outside of education are taking credit to works that is not their own. According to (Plagiarism, 2013), the legal term for plagiarism is fraud. Fraud is defined as a false representation of the fact of the truth whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading, allegations, or by secrecy of disclosed information (Collin English Dictionary, 2005). With knowing the definition of fraud, plagiarizing means having the wrong justification of committing literary theft without giving credit...
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