Plagiarism, an Act of Imitating the Language

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Plagiarism according to dictionary.com is an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author. When a student intentional uses some else original thoughts without properly citing the author’s work is clearly plagiarism. Some mistaken plagiarism with a student not properly citing work or under citing an author, which leads to a possible student accused of plagiarism. Students plagiarize for several of reason. Some of these reason are procrastination, deadlines need to be met, and feeling overwhelmed by the assignment. Procrastination is one of the leading causes of students plagiarizing. With deadlines given at the start of a class, most students either forget about the deadline or just have no time management skills to prevent the need to plagiarize to meet the deadline. As the deadlines begin to come to an end students panic, which lead them to plagiarize. Some students feel overwhelmed with writing a research paper because of the length and the research required to complete the assignment. These things can be prevent by the student by using good time management skills, setting smaller goals to complete a large one, and seek classmates help to minimize procrastination by working together to meet deadlines on time.

Intentional plagiarizing is when a student knowingly using someone else’s work as their own. Technology has made it much easier for students to search for information and retrieve papers that make writing a paper less time consuming by cutting research time in half. This could lead to a student using the paper found as their original thoughts because of the convenience. As stated in the “What is plagiarism?” article ( plagiarisim.org, n.d.) , today’s students learn quickly that finding and manipulating data on the Internet is a valuable skill. With the wealth of information...
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