Plagiarism is using someone’s work as your own. Of course, this is a broad over generalization of the definition, but it is the most straight forward I could find. Plagiarism can also happen when you simply forget to cite a source you have used. In this situation, it would not be intentional, but it would still be plagiarism. This is why it is so important to cite everything you use to even form your own opinion about a topic.
There are several different types of plagiarism but the most common seems to be the omission of a citation. This could be either intentional or unintentional, but it is plagiarism either way. Another form is taking words verbatim from one or multiple sources and placing it in your own work without a citation. The final form of plagiarism is to use paraphrasing and not citing your sources. It is very important to take down information about every article you read so that you can return later to cite it if you use anything from it (information or ideas) in your own paper.
Plagiarism is considered theft because you are taking something someone else wrote and claiming it as your own. This is wrong, especially when it is so easy to keep this from happening. The main way to keep this from happening is to make sure that you cite every source you use. Another easy way to avoid plagiarism is use a checker before turning a paper in. The checker will tell you if you have any issues in your paper that may need to be taken care of before your turn in your paper.
If you plagiarize something and are found out, the first time you will be placed on first watch. If it happens again you will move to second watch and on to third watch and removal from the school if it continues to happen. Plagiarism is a serious offence that should be taken very seriously and avoided at all costs. When you steal someone else’s work, whether that person finds out or not, is just plain wrong. There are so many free resources to ensure it does not happen that it just should not happen. I agree completely with the consequences that one would face should plagiarism occur. This would be just like walking into a store and taking something off the shelf. There need to be tough consequences for this because it is not right to take and use something that is not yours to freely use.
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