Running head: Plagiarism
Grand Canyon University
August 30, 2009
In my own personal definition plagiarism is the act, whether intentional or not, of using someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary better defines to plagiarize as:
to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
use (another's production) without crediting the source
to commit literary theft
present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
Three examples of how plagiarism can occur in any setting are: copying someone else’s word or ideas without giving them proper credit in your citations, forgetting to put a quotation in quotation marks, and giving incorrect information about a source.
The best way to avoid all these penalties and consequences is by simply avoiding plagiarism. Some ways that you can do that is: if you're having trouble summarizing, try writing your paraphrase or summary of a text without looking at the original, relying only on your memory and notes, Check your paraphrase or summary against the original text; correct any errors in content accuracy, and be sure to use quotation marks to set off any exact phrases from the original text, keep the source author's name in the same sentence as the quote, mark the quote with quotation marks, or set it off from your text in its own block, per the style guide your paper follows(What is Plagiarism?, n.d).
Adopting a proactive approach to eliminate plagiarism is important because students who are unclear about plagiarism may assume that they are sufficiently knowledgeable and, consequently, may not seek greater understanding. Likewise, instructors who assume that students know how to avoid plagiarism may miss an important opportunity to give students the skills to avoid the consequences...