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The paper offers a definition of plagiarism and discusses how two groups are particularly concerned with plagiarism of the written word; universities and the media. The paper discusses these two situations and presents an example of a journalist who was penalized for plagiarism. The paper examines how problems associated with plagiarism are complex and not as clear-cut as might be assumed. Different people may define plagiarism differently and the definition decides whether a person actually plagiarized or not. The paper concludes that educating students in depth about the nature of plagiarism and how to avoid it could be a good first step to allowing a university to deal effectively with the issue of plagiarism.
Plagiarism in College
Plagiarism in College
From the Paper:"Looking at various articles on the topic showed a variety of definitions. One writer said that academically, making an honest mistake does not constitute plagiarism. This writer defined plagiarism as a "dishonest process that requires a methodical approach of its own (Hinkson, 2002). Applying such a standard to the definition clarifies its status as intellectual theft and shows its relationship to other forms of theft, where the thief works from a plan and intends to steal."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Ashworth, Peter; Freewood, Madeleine; and Macdonald, Ranals. 2003. "The Student Lifeworld and the Meanings of Plagiarism." Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Vol. 34.
- Fast, Jonathan; Gelman, Sheldon R.; and Gibelman, Margaret. 1999. "The Downside of Cyberspace: Cheating Made Easy." Journal of Social Work Education Vol. 35.
- Hinkson, John. 2002. "Does plagiarism really matter?" Arena Magazine, August.
- O'Brien, Meredith. 2000. "When the Words Aren't Our Own (Plagiarism in Journalism)." The Quill, October.
- Petress, Kenneth C. 2003. "Academic Dishonesty: A Plague on Our Profession." Education Vol. 123.
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