Provide a definition of plagiarism. Explain why integrity is important to maintain regardless of the field/business.
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1. Provide a definition of plagiarism.
Let's take a closer look through definition and theory.
Plagiarism, believe it or not, comes from a Latin verb that means, "to kidnap." If you plagiarize you're kidnapping and stealing others' hard work and intellectual property, intentionally or even unintentionally. It is academic and public dishonesty. (2) Although there is no consensus in defining plagiarism, most definitions of plagiarism include the following elements:
· A deliberate intention to cheat;
· Copying or paraphrasing a text without acknowledgment;
· Adopting someone else's ideas without acknowledgment. (1)
Deliberate intention to cheat is plagiarism. Although definitions usually include a reference to a deliberate intention to cheat, however, plagiarism is plagiarism whether deliberate or not, and accidental plagiarism can (in theory at least) attract the same penalty. However, in education, many would argue that deliberate and unintentional plagiarism should be kept as separate from each other as possible, since the latter is no more than poor academic practice, and it needs to be addressed in a non-punitive way. (1)
According to Ross (2004), for example, paraphrasing is sometimes regarded as less of a sin than straight copying. This is ...
This solution examines the concept of plagiarism by definition, theory and examples. It then explains how to avoid plagiarism and why integrity is important to maintain regardless of the field or business.