Posted September 13, 2008on:
Any self-respecting writer knows what plagiarism is and the damage it can do to his/her career.
Plagiarism is a delicate and complex topic [or at least for me] which needs a thorough understanding.
I would admit that even I, do not understand the technicalities of it. However, I do know what it could do to me.
As a journalism student, we had been trained to cite sources in our articles and everything else we write. I remembered well how one of our instructors would painstakingly search the internet just to ensure that what we have written in our papers are original. I could distinctly remember how we are always reminded about proper citations and if need be, cite every sentence of our article.
A single plagiarized sentence could well mean your expulsion from the department and the end of your career as a writer and a journalist.
I may not be an expert on the subject of plagiarism but I do know that plagiarism is not just a crime, it is a blatant disrespect to another person.
According to Indiana.edu [http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml], plagiarism is when you use :
- another person’s idea, opinion, or theory;
- any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge;
- quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or
- paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words
Copying of another person’s idea or work is not only unethical, it is an insult to yourself and your capability as a writer.
So, why am i writing this now?
Simply because I am quite alarmed by the amount of plagiarism happening in the world wide web. Plagiarism is very common in the internet because it is hard to prove it in the cyberworld. With millions of website in the world, nobody can really be sure from whom or from where an idea originally came. Though anti-plagiarism softwares has already been created, still the problem persists.
Plagiarism is here and as common and widespread as the common colds.