Hello there, thanks for checking my 3rd blog. In my 2nd Blog I covered Ethic in e-commerce, while in this blog I’ll talk about research integrity. Many ethical issues can occur while writing, and plagiarism is a very common one especially between students. See Fig.1
Fig.1 Increase in plagiarism in the past 10 year.
(NBC NEWS, 2011)
Whenever you are writing, you need to refer to somebody’s research, charts or ideas. Reading from many sources can highly support your argument. Also using books, articles, journals or even videos while researching for your writing will help you collect a good range of ideas so that you can expand. References shows that you did not rely ONLY in your opinion.
Go and “Stand on the shoulders of giants”
What happens when you use another’s work without referencing?
You simply “PLAGIARIZE” which can lead to failing the course you are doing. (Clabaugh & Rozycki, 2001)
WHAT IS PLAGIARSIM?
Well, there’s good news: you can use other people’s ideas and avoid accusations of plagiarism. Keep reading so you know how to manage plagiarism.
Ready? Let’s start.
Here are two ways to use sources without plagiarizing: (Webley, 2013)
Quoting is when you copy someone’s saying exactly the same and add it into your own work by the use of “”. It is good to quote when the author’s way of explaining is effective.
The issue with quoting is that Students tend to quote anything and everything just to avoid going under the word limit, without knowing if the quote really supports the concept. Consequently, having many quotations will mostly ruin the writing’s flow as they will end up with many writing styles.
The main idea of quoting is to be able to express your opinion better and to show that you fully understood the literatures you read. While having too many quotes will enable you from proving that as you cannot decide which quote is a well evidence.
Also, quoting can stop you from writing creatively. Being creative is a valued skill that adds strength to your abilities. (Strongman, 2013)
(Dartmouth College, 2016)
Paraphrasing means writing what you read using your own words and style. You can paraphrase by changing the structure of the sentence, changing voices or using synonyms. (Turville, 2015). Paraphrasing helps control over-quoting.
But what’s the problem with this approach? Some people tend to only change few words just for the sake of reducing similarities so no one would know it is copied. Without really understanding the issue or argument. For example, when a student is writing an essay and he’s not interested in the topic, he will probably start plagiarizing. He finds the topic too boring to read about. As a result to avoid plagiarizing he willcopy the exact same phrase with a little bit of changing which will affect the level of understanding the topic. This student will not be able to increase his knowledge, consequently to solve the problems, and make any decision regarding his essay.
At the same time, when students paraphrase or quote after reading and researching well, they are going to get diffrent idea’s and point of views which enables them to solve problems, and make evaluations.
Is Technology helping people to plagiarize?
Playing around with technology in order not to get caught plagiarizing is such a bad habit that almost everyone does nowadays. By using applications that check originality and plagiarism percentages.
Who is responsible for the increase in College plagiarism?
Computers and Internet are two useful tools that no one can live without, but for some student technology has LIMITED their creativity. Internet makes it very easy for students to get any piece of information by only one click, it’s more often to Internet plagiarize. (Eret & Ok, 2014)
How to reduce the rate of students who plagiarize: (Insley, 2011)
- Understanding what plagiarism really is.
- Training and practicing. So it won’t be time consuming.
Last but not least, Searching is different from researching students need to REASEARCH then quote or rephrase what they think is useful, in order to get the best results. Finally, do not forget when you either quote or paraphrase you should In-text cite and have a reference List. Make sure you share you opinion publically in the comment section please or privately by Email. See you later!
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Dartmouth College,. (2016). In the Native American Studies Research Library in Sherman House. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/dartmouthflickr/4505683539/in/album-72157623693075687/
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Insley, R. (2011). Managing Plagiarism: A Preventative Approach. Business Communication Quarterly, 74(2), 183-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1080569911404058
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