The irresponsible illustration of others’ thoughts, words or point of views without the acknowledgment of the person from whose ideas it has been taken is called Plagiarism. Thus it is also using of others’ ideas and pretending to be the writers’ own. For understanding the meaning of plagiarism, it is helpful for understanding the creating and sharing of thoughts and views in an institution. The knowledge which we acquire is related and built from the knowledge gained previously. The knowledge which is gained is from others’ ideas and from that we create our own ides. While writing to the instructor about it, it is necessary to differentiate the new and your own ideas and the ideas of the people which are the building block. This distinction is made by giving credit by citing the source from which it has been taken.
While citing a source, we are actually giving the reader the proof of the expert’s ideas. Wherever others ideas are used without the appropriate citation of source, plagiarism occurs. Plagiarism checker is applied to any of the work performed formally in any academic or scholarly medium or discipline. (Alex P, 2002)
So for avoiding the involuntary plagiarism, we are supposed to develop the practice of giving acknowledging and saying gratitude to the original source Plagiarism can be avoided by only using others ideas and theories and expressing them as your own, quoting directly the exact wordings of the original source and paraphrasing all the ideas, point of views, theories, which are expressed in words either written or oral. It can also be avoided by citing sources while writing a report or completing the final project or using of the figures, facts and other statistical data by citing the actual source.
Since the word plagiarism is come from the Latin word means kidnapping, thus plagiarism is stealing or kidnapping others thoughts and ideas. So others’ thoughts and words should not be taken for granted since they are their personal property and if used, then should be acknowledged. Stealing others ideas and replicating those ideas and then presenting those ideas as our own without giving any credit to the person whose ideas are taken is dishonesty and unethical, since we are using it for our own means. Thus any form of plagiarism is termed as cheating and it is strongly condemned and is not accepted anywhere. If someone steals others ideas as your own then it means that he is not capable of expressing his ideas and he has no thoughts of his own, or his ideas are not as worthy as others ideas. Thus stealing involves not only stealing others but also ourselves. (Ann, 2005).
By this, plagiarist shows that he is unable to express his own ideas thus by plagiarism one is depending himself or herself with the ideas of others. In any organization the plagiarist is exposed to costly lawsuits to his employer. By this, plagiarist shows that he is unable to express his own ideas thus by plagiarism one is depending himself or herself with the ideas of others. In any organization the plagiarist is exposed to costly lawsuits to his employer. As a consequence plagiarism is a kind of fraud and thus no employee will be hired by an employer if his honesty is being doubted. Thus one gives self harm and also harms others and gives disrespect to others. If one understands plagiarism and still commits it the he is violating the integrity of others as well as of himself.
Kellogg, Alex P. (2002). Students plagiarize online less than many think, a new study finds. Chronicle of Higher Education, V. 48 Issue 23, p. A44
Lathrop, Ann, and Kathleen Foss. (2005). Guiding Students from Cheating and Plagiarism to Honesty and Integrity: Strategies for Change. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.