When Plagiarism Becomes Theft

One might get away with rewriting the content and not copying it word-to-word. However, it’s unethical and is referred to as stealing. If you are giving an idea that has been taken from some source but presented in an entirely different way, so that no on can recognize it, you are still morally answerable. It is mostly done in the name of research; students mention that as a result of the research, they have proposed something, while that proposition is not what they think about the topic. Continue reading

Plagiarizing Unknowingly and the Associated Fears

Plagiarizing content intentionally is absolutely unacceptable. However, one might do it unknowingly. It might happen that you propose an idea or gain first-hand knowledge about something and later find out that it has already been proposed or posted somewhere by someone. Although this is something that doesn’t happen very often, you should know what do if it does.

The best thing is to talk to your instructor about it and tell him/her beforehand that the idea was as much originally yours as it was probably someone else’s. Continue reading