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The punishable perils of plagiarism - Melissa Huseman D'Annunzio

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Fighting plagiarism is serious business. From brainchild-snatching to wholly quotables, plagiarists have plenty of wily ways to pass others' work off as their own -- and all of them are threats to original thinking. Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio imagines what would happen if a Department of Plagiarism Investigation were on the case.

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The following are excellent resources for teachers and students regarding plagiarism and the proper citation of sources:
The OWL at Purdue (Online Writing Lab) Here you'll find numerous articles on topics such as Contextualizing Plagiarism, Authorship and Popular Plagiarism, Copyright, Collaborative Authorship, Avoiding Plagiarism, Summarizing, Paraphrasing, Quoting, and using MLA and APA citations. Also, you can find extensive Research and Citation Resources on topics such as Conducting Research, Using Research, APA Style, MLA Style, and Chicago Manual of Style.
The Plagiarism Spectrum: Instructor Insights into the 10 Types of Plagiarism TurnItIn, the study’s authors, polled both higher and secondary education instructors in order to produce this White Paper. The authors acknowledge that, “the lines of what constitute plagiarism are blurring as the Internet reshapes culture and education” (3), and they provide definitions and examples of the ten most common types of plagiarism. The White Paper includes attractive graphics, scales on both the frequency and “problematic” nature of the different types of plagiarism, and samples of plagiarism by type. A 2’ x 3’ infographic poster is also available.
Style Guides:
APA:
- APA style for documentation is used in many of the social and behavioral sciences.
- The rules of APA Style are detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
MLA:
- MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature.
- The MLA publishes an authoritative explanation of MLA style entitled The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
Turabian:
- This style guide is widely used in the fields of literature, history, and the arts.
- Based on the Chicago Manual of Style, Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations has an academic focus.
CSE:
- CSE style for documentation is used in the biological sciences.
- The SCE publishes the rules of CSE style in The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.
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If caught you will be punish
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When assigned an essay topic one is usually expected to voice their own opinions. It is a skill everyone will use throughout their life and may even help them get further in life and become more sucessful. When you take someone else's ideas and use them as your own it not only weakens your esteem but sets you far back from where you need to be in the world.
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Plagiarism robs the original generator of ideas from the credit they deserve, the plagiarist of an opportunity to grow as a writer, and the readers of the materials from a well thought, guilt-free reading experience.
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learning how to cite your work properly can come a long way. In order to avoid any consequences, whether it be academic wise, or your job, it is not worth the repercussions. Allow your self a good amount of time to complete your writing assignment.
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Plagiarism is a bad thing to do, because you're taking the work of another person after they worked so hard to accomplish what they wrote.
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Plagiarism is the worst thing to do when writing a paper. You should never take credit for someone else writing. If you want to use a specific persons paper then you should cite the source so you won't get in trouble for plagiarism. Never forget to cite your sources so you won't receive a zero for your research paper.
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I was very disappointed to find that the consequences of plagiarism don't seem to be very harsh. In most of the cases that I read about, the plagiarists went on to successful careers, prestigious universities, and at worst obscurity. Even some news organizations seem to tolerate plagiarism which breeds cynicism.
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I did not know how serious of an issue plagiarism was. I always knew that it happened but never the severity of it all. Plagiarism is considered a form of stealing, because whenever some one is taking the well written words of another person and using them as towards their own advantage is in justice. And much like stealing, plagiarism can ruin reputation, diminish relations and there are serious repercussions to follow .
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it is bad because you can get in trouble, not only that, but you aren't not getting the practice that you need to write your own work.
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Plagiarism is a serious matter when it comes to a writers credibility. You do not want to be considered a thief and lazy. It is important if you discover from another writer an idea that helps you elaborate and supports your ideas that you cite and give credit to that author.
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Getting caught for plagiarism is a bad thing not only are there horrific consequences but it is also embarrassing. Nobody wants to go the rest of their lives with people saying hey that's the guy who cant do their own work. So just say no!!
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Plagiarism is not something you take lightly. it is important to always cite where the information came from so you want have is false allegations toward you.
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Plagiarism Is Bad Why Do People Do This No Madder What If They Do Plagiarism They Will Get Catched
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In my opinion, more students still do a lot of plagiarism. We are asked to do research, post the resources, and write our thoughts about it. Most of the time we think: get information, post URL, write thoughts. But these are two different meanings. Not many students are told not to do plagiarism unless they were caught doing so. When people do plagiarize, they are most likely wanting to get the work done fast, they're lazy, or they don't have the skills to express the work in their own words.
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Just a note to the creators and Ted ED - the images in this video reinforce racist ideas in America. The plagiarist and criminal is the only character that has a black face (and weirdly white hands - so actually in "black face"?) while all the people being stolen from are white. Literally everyone else in the video is white. Reinforcement of the white / black dichotomy established in America and issues of criminality and stereotypes attached to this.
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Adam Lorens
In some countries plagiarism seems to be less of an offence than in others. Any stories relating to this? I was just told by my student today that in China it is common practice to copy and paste definitions of key terms without referencing... Is that even true?
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What should be done to high school students who are caught stealing? What about college students?
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My concerned is about some one who plagiarized someone work and turns in as his or her work.The reason these people are doing this there are unfamiliar with the consequences plagiarism. Now, since we went through the little materials about plagiarizing is the a bad offense and when you being caught doing it, you will be reliable for the outcome, which you get in that paper zero or you being suspended from school. so, I have learned from the material you provided to us and i will continue sharing with the student who have no clue about plagiarizing.
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There are so many people now a days that plagiarize and don't think twice about it. I don't understand why they are so quick to steal someone else's work just so they don't have to do it themselve plagiarism is a big deal.
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regina arellano
It is extremely important to cite every piece of work you take from someone else. This way, it is easier for your readers to find more about the topic you are writting about and increment their knowledge. Knowledge opens many doors; the more you know, the more you are able to develop in different areas and create new things.
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Emily Montante
Plagiarism is a serious offense in the world of writing. If someone is caught plagiarizing their work, it can do some major damage to their future. One can lose their credibility and will have their work questioned from there on. Bottom line; don't plagiarize, just cite the proper sources and be done with it.
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It is too easy nowadays to just use the internet to cut and past articles and not even use ones own thoughts on the subject because everyone is in such a rush. Anything for the grade.
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plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
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it can really ruin ones career. after all it is stealing. and it an offence.
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Sia Baid
- It is direct copying - You don't give credit to the right person - Your paraphrasing is too similar to be considered as plagiarism - Your are cheating yourself - You are violating the academic dishonest report
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I think that eventually, with all the papers out there, blogs, discussion threads and internet web sites, that we will run out of the ability to say something that has not been said by another individual. Sooner or later our papers will become one made up of lots and lots of quotes and notations. To a certain degree I think that the qualifications for plagiarism need to be reexamined and amended.
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I think that with all the writers in the world that soon enough we will be unable to write a paper with our own ideas, thinking it is original, because someone else will have already written it.
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I think that if the world was allowed to plagiarize, then we would not be able to advance as a community.
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Doing this can lead to serious consequences in future for not only punishment but also your education.
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Plagiriarism is to be taken seriously because it can effect you. First of all if you plagiarize you're not going to be able to learn how to use your brain . You're going to think that stealing other peoples ideas ae okay which it's not.
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Henry Sastoque
Plagiarism destroys the ********** of students and people who do it are considered as dishonest. In fact, some of them lack of professional ethic. In addition, people who plagiarize can have serious legal and academic problems.
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Plagiarism is not ok my no means. Why go and steal others writing that they worked hard on doing?
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wo should focus on the education of intergity
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Olga Silverman
Discuss this scenario with your partner and write your answer: Maria is your classmate and friend. She has great grades in all of her classes including English. When you realized that your big English essay is almost due and you are far from being done, you asked Maria for help. She readily agreed to help you. At the peer-tutoring session, Maria revealed that she is very proficient in plagiarizing. She had shown you a few tricks and explained that your teacher knows very little about computers to be able to catch you. In fact, this is how she has finished her essay so early. You aren't thrilled with the idea of cheating, but the essay is due tomorrow, and you don't have much time to finish your it. What should you do in this situation?
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Plagiarism is not a good thing to do. It is stealing. No one should take someone else's ideas and try to make it their own. It can cause you to have a lawsuit taking out on you. If you use someone else's idea you should included their name also giving them credit also.
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it is stealing
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Plagiarism can very be a very tricky topic. There are multiple different formats and rules to follow. The most important thing to be aware of while writing papers and citing sources is to know that format you are using and know that you cannot copy or paraphrase everything. Most of the ideas need to come from you with properly cited facts throughout the paper. Do not overrun your paper with quoted facts. Sit down and look at what you are writing and review, review, review. Paraphrasing is not enough. If you truley are knowledgable about the topic, you should not need to copy or paraphrase a lot. Be aware of your sourcing and keep the quotes to a minimum.
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I believe plagiarism is such a serious issue because people aren’t giving credit where credit is due. It is difficult enough to conduct your own research and place your ideas into words without someone blatantly disrespecting you and hijacking your efforts. The most important reasons to avoid it are simply because education is a virtue. In this country especially, the price to pay for education is really high. Plagiarizing for whatever reason is not worth the work put in just to carry out someone’s own twisted way of portraying an understand of presented materials.
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Plagiarism kills creativity and stifles originality. No one wins when plagiarism is the mechanism used to pass others' content as your own.
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Plagiarism is something highly serious that no one should take no action in doing it. it is a waste of time and you will never reach your potential goal.
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never knew there was so many forms of plagiarism and so many serious cases of it especially in the public eye.
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I think the most important reasons to avoid plagiarism are three. The first point is that plagiarism does no good. It can neither lead to high scores nor further higher education. Second, plagiarism is a serious violation of the rules and does not reflect one's true academic ability. Thirdly, plagiarism is not helpful for personal examination or writing and goes against the integrity and integrity of human nature.
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A good video that covers a lot of scenarios in a short span, so that efficiency is appreciated. However, it left me worrying that one day I would accidentally write something very similar to what has been written before by someone else, simply because some prior learning unknowingly leaked into my work, or just by pure coincidence. Are there any truly original ideas left? I take comfort in the fact that this video is directed towards those who deliberately and intentionally pass someone else’s work as their own and that such intention makes all the difference. Quite simply, with respect to plagiarism, you know it when you see it! Bottom line is...do your own work and if you reference someone else's work... give credit to their efforts!
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Plagiarism can cause serious problem.
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If you plagiarize, you are basically saying that you are incapable of doing work without holding the hand of someone else. If you want inspiration, you can read up or see something, but don't just steal it as your own. The law is real everyone, respect it
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plagiarism is bad because it takes away all your benefit from learning.plagiarism is also bad because you are getting credit for other people's work
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plagiarism takes away your benefit from learning
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Well I think plagiarism is a bad thing and you could get sued just like Alex Haley.
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Plagiarism shows a writer's lack of thought, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Taking someone's work word for word, only degrades your ability to share your own thoughts.
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