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Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism

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Plagiarism is a bad habit without a definition. Most people have an idea of what it is but its meaning has become so skewed over the years that no one really knows. Plagiarism is the Voldemort in the world of composition and literature; one word of it and you are blacklisted for cheating. How can this be though? How can the mention of plagiarism be so consequential if no one really knows what it means? This paper will not only identify the definition of plagiarism but it will also examine the concept of an original idea and how they both tie into each other. The most used definition of plagiarism is taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. According to one website, plagiarism stems from the Latin word meaning “to kidnap” (Plagiarism). One article also defines plagiarism as purposely taking someone else’s “language, idea, or other original (not common knowledge) material” without source recognition (Defining). Plagiarism is so frowned upon because the educational system and businesses expect you to be creative, truthful, and do your own research rather than relying on someone else to write it for you, which makes complete sense. Many student have been expelled from their universities for plagiarizing. One student at the University of Virginia was in the Semester at Sea program when she was accused of plagiarism on a paper about their time at sea that tied in with a movie of their choice. The student copied three phrases from Wikipedia word for word. This student, however, had no idea that she had even plagiarized so when her and her classmates were asked to come forward if they plagiarized, she did not. Thus resulting in her expulsion from the program that which she was asked to leave immediately and her expulsi... ... middle of paper ... ...The Story of My Life." Helen Keller. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. . Novak, Sophie. "Intertextuality As A Literary Device." The Write Practice RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. . "Plagiarism Definition." Plagiarism Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2014. . Porter, James. "Intertextuality and The Discourse Community." JSTOR. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. . "The Columbus Dispatch." The Columbus Dispatch. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2014. . "intertextuality." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that plagiarism is a bad habit with no definition, but its meaning has become skewed over the years. plagiarism is the voldemort in the world of composition and literature.
  • Explains that plagiarism stems from the latin word meaning "to kidnap" (plagiarism) and is frowned upon because the educational system and businesses expect you to be creative, truthful and do your own research.
  • Explains that plagiarism depends on intertextuality, which is the similarities between texts and how they influence, reflect, or differ from each other.
  • Opines that intertextuality and plagiarism have a thin line and one must be careful when walking that line.
  • Analyzes porter's argument that intellectual property is something you just know or something that you created from your own mind. writers take different parts of multiple stories and combine them into one and call it their own.
  • Explains that plagiarism is a mixture of intellectual property and intertextuality while including whether the writer had the intent to plagiarize.
  • Explains that plagiarism is a big deal for many reasons: respect, integrity, and the importance of hard work. it is unfair to the writer when their work is used and they receive no credit for it.
  • Explains the wpa statement on best practices for defining and avoiding plagiarism. keller, helen. "the story of my life."
  • Describes plagiarism definition and porter's "intertextuality and the discourse community."
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