What it is:
Plagiarism is a serious problem throughout the
academic community, not just an issue for college students.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, to
plagiarize is "to use and pass off (the ideas or writings of another) as
one's own." or "to appropriate for use as one's own passages or ideas
from (another)" (1340. 4th Ed. 2000. NY: Houghton Mifflin). Plagiarism is
theft of another's intellectual property, for which you can be legally
charged. Plagiarism also creates an environment of mistrust that can have a
chilling effect on the exchange of ideas and research.
Some of the folks who have fallen into the plagiarism
pit include: students, researchers, professors, and webmasters. There are some
interesting similarities between the experiences of students and professors
that may encourage plagiarism.
Both students and faculty sometimes feel they are
pressured to produce intellectual work without adequate time to do their best.
Both also compete for limited spacesfaculty for
permanent positions, students for placement in programs of their choice.
Pressure to produce and compete can increase the temptation to plagiarize.
It's important to recognize these
pressures exist, but they never justify taking another's work and claiming it
as your own.
[This tutorial was created and designed by Karen Starr, 2002.
Maintained by Trudi Jacobson.