Plagiarism

PlagiarismPlagiarism is defined by the English Oxford Dictionary as;

“the act of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own “

The word is from the Latin plagiarius, which means kidnapping



The Merriam Webster online dictionary says that to “plagiarize” means; –

Plagiarism is fraudulent, and involves not only stealing someone else’s work, but also lying about it. To avoid plagiarism, it is important to attribute ideas to their source. It is fine to talk about a theory or principle and then add your own experiences to the theory to illustrate it.

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Referencing

Let’s have a look at when you need to reference your sources, and how to do it.
You can use footnotes, or reference within the text, or use a “works cited” section at the end of the document. Either way, it adds credibility to your work and shows how you are building it on a solid foundation

This is what plagiarism.org says on the subject.

When do I need to cite?

Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you need to acknowledge their source. The following situations almost always require citation:

  • whenever you use quotes

  • whenever you paraphrase

  • whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed

  • whenever you make specific reference to the work of another

  • whenever someone else’s work has been critical in developing your own ideas.

http://www.plagiarism.org/citing-sources/whats-a-citation/

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What is citation?

A “citation” is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again, including:

  • information about the author

  • the title of the work

  • the name and location of the company that published your copy of the source

  • the date your copy was published

  • the page numbers of the material you are borrowing

http://www.plagiarism.org/citing-sources/whats-a-citation/

Comments

Plagiarism — 40 Comments

  1. Many thanks to this important reminder for avoiding intellectual theft. Some people do not know plagialism, proper referencing when they write books, articles etc…

  2. It’s a good topic and well explained. I have learnt new ideas about plagiarism.

  3. I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO THESE LESSONS. REFERENCING AND CITATIONS ALWAYS PLAY A GREAT RULE IN OUR WRITINGS. THE QUESTION THEREFORE IS; HOW MANY TIMES CAN A GIVEN AUTHOR BE CITED IN A PIECE OF WORK OR WRITING. ALL THIS IS IN A BIT TO AVOID PLAGIARISM. WITH THE GUIDE FROM THESE LESSONS I AM WRITING MY POST GRADUATE PROJECT SUCCESSFULLY. THANKS

  4. The topic is brief, precise and well explained.
    I have learnt some new areas of plagiarism I never knew or thought of. This will help me avoid plagiarism in a better way.

    Thanks

  5. The lesson is clear and good for us to understand that it is a crime for all to stop. Thanks so much for the lesson.

  6. This is lesson is clear to the point as it has helped me to understand that this is a crime that we should not do. Thanks so much for this lesson.

  7. Great lesson on plagiarism at least I have an idea what constitute plagiarism

  8. Yes, this is an excellent teaching. Most people do pretend that another person’s works are theirs.
    Thank you for the teaching.

  9. Very true in any aspect of writing. Some students pretend to claim the authors idea as theirs by puting it in their own way without acknowledging the author who develop the idea.

    Thak you for this…

  10. Thanks so much for this. It is also important for us all to know that we can plagiarize our own work if we don’t acknowledge it.
    Every time you have to use a part or parts of your own work in a new research (however related) please reference it.