Plagiarism : An Example Of Plagiarism Essay

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Plagiarism: To Kidnap
The word plagiarism is derived from the Latin word plagiarius which means to kidnap. (Flemming, 2008, p. 1) Ranging from a few sentences to a whole essay, students have used works other than their own. Plagiarism is a social issue that continues to grow in today’s society. A look into the matter of academic dishonesty, as well as a solution to the problem, should be explored. First, there are copious types of plagiarism. Some forms of this academic dishonesty may even be unconscious. Next, a look into why students plagiarize may help establish a solution. Last, the consequences for plagiarism not only affects the students immediately, but can also have a long-term effect. While examining these aspects of plagiarism, one can clearly see it is a serious social issue not only for teachers who deal with it, but also for the students who consciously (or unconsciously) participate in it.
Despite popular belief that plagiarism is only found when used verbatim, there are actually four other forms of the act. The main act of plagiarism is known as the “cut and paste.” This is where the student takes a whole written essay, does not change a word, replaces the author’s name for their own, and claims the paper to be of originality. Another form of this infringement is called the “mosaic.” The mosaic is identical to the cut and paste, but instead of using just one author to steal from, the student copies many paragraphs from various authors to create their essay.…

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