The word plagiarism means, the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work, as by not crediting the author or something used or represented in this manner. Plagiarism is a form of cheating or stealing. Taking credit of someone other’s work or thoughts are definitely unacceptable, so plagiarism is a crime. It is immoral to copy something out of a book, newspaper, journal or any other printed source and represent it with your name, without giving the real owner any credit.
Plagiarism is although present in all circles of life. But plagiarism in college has some very serious aspects. Plagiarism in college is slightly different from its other shapes because plagiarism in college is an in-house college situation. Colleges have always tried to keep problems within their own review and disposition. They usually handle all the offensive matters internally, without going to court or police. Plagiarism in college seems to be more of a moral situation. Students commit this crime without even realizing that they are doing something wrong most of the times. Mostly they don’t logically classify it with the theft of college equipment, classmate’s belongings or any other thing. We can also call it unintentional plagiarism.
But since writing and the creation of written material is an important part of college education, it is probably felt by college administrators that the reputation and worth of the college’s education is liable to criticism if many of the students pass stolen material to their teachers as their own. With the Internet offering students such a wealth of information at their fingertips, and copying and pasting made it is no surprise that one of the main reasons that they commit acts of plagiarism is simply due to how easy and convenient it has become. Ease and convenience then turns into ‘tempting’ and in many instances this is how the plagiarism begins. With these things considered, unintentional plagiarism of material found on the Internet among college students exists for various reasons. These range from not knowing how to use information sources ethically; to students being misled into thinking that certain information sources are ‘free for the taking.
To deal with plagiarism in college the first step should be the preventative approach because as everyone knows prevention is better than cure. The students need to be educating about plagiarism. They should have clear cut view of, what plagiarism is and immorality of this crime. Library instruction sessions have become valuable outlets for academic librarians to use in educating students about plagiarism. College libertarians and teachers should be well trained to guide students, how they can avoid plagiarism. College policy about plagiarism should be clearly defined and well known to all the students. They should know the consequences and penalties for doing plagiarism. Infect college students are not mature criminals so they can’t be punished harshly but there should some penalties so that students have to think before committing this crime.