All our work is based on generations of work that has come before us. Our predecessors read and used the work of their predecessors. It is only right that we acknowledge the work of others that we use. Plagiarism is failing to do this honest thing and is not acceptable. Plagiarism is passing off other’s work as our own or not citing our sources. Here is a bit about what some of the universities have to say about plagiarism.
San Diego State University (n.d.) says, in part,
Plagiarism is defined as the act of incorporating ideas, words, or specific substance of another, whether purchased, borrowed, or otherwise obtained, and submitting same to the university as one's own work to fulfill academic requirements without giving credit to the appropriate source.
University of California, Berkeley Graduate Division (n.d.) says, in part,
Plagiarism is defined as the use of intellectual material produced by another person without acknowledging its source. Some examples:
- Copying passages from works of others into one’s homework, essay, term paper, or dissertation, without acknowledgement.
- Use of the views, opinions, or insights of another, without acknowledgement.
- Paraphrasing another person’s characteristic or original phraseology, metaphor, or other rhetorical device, without acknowledgement.
An increasingly common form of plagiarism is copying and pasting papers or articles from the internet, or simply purchasing prewritten papers from on-line paper mills. Hundreds of these sites have been identified. Fortunately, this sort of plagiarism is also increasingly easy to detect.