We Must Work to Stop Plagiarism Now

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Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and using them as one’s own. It seems simple and not hard to comprehend, but some students do not realize when they plagiarize. The problem may come from being uneducated about the topic or not thinking the teacher will catch it. For instance, students do not know that copying from Wikipedia, which may contain no author, is plagiarizing if the work is not cited. With the use of technology and easy access to answers or completed essays, original work sounds too complicated for students who would rather spend their time doing more enjoyable things such as going to basketball or football games and parties. However, with new software to catch copied work, several students have been caught. Still, plagiarism needs to be prevented and solutions need to be created. Furthermore, solutions to stop plagiarism include educating students at a young age, learning and understanding the consequences, and focusing on originality rather than plagiarism and the negativity. If a student in college does not understand plagiarism, it is not fair for them to get expelled for unknowingly cheating. Several instances have occurred where students did not cite sources because they were not aware it was necessary: At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a Web site’s frequently asked questions page about homelessness — and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information (Gabriel 1). Yes, this is the student’s fault for not citing the source, but he cannot be fully blamed because at a younger age he was not properly taught about plagiarism. Unfortunately for the student, the teacher probably did not buy his... ... middle of paper ... ...ents at a young age, learning and understanding the consequences, and focus on originality rather than plagiarism and the negativity. Works Cited Gabriel, Trip. “Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age.” The New York Times, 2010. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. . Ithenticate. “6 Consequences of Plagiarism.” iParadigms, 1998-2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. . Karon, Jeff. “A Positive Solution for Plagiarism.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. . Pilkington, Ed. “New York Times Columnist Caught in Plagiarism Row.” Guardian News, 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. .

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