Universities reality that some students may plagiarize

Universities and other educational institutes consider
individual, honest work to be extremely important when it comes to academics;
this directly relates to a student’s work ethic and their individual integrity
as well. It is an unfortunate reality that some students may plagiarize their
work either intentionally or unintentionally. According to the Memorial
University Calendar, Plagiarism is defined as “the act of presenting the ideas
or works of another as one’s own. This applies to all material such as essays,
laboratory assignments, laboratory reports, work term reports, design projects,
seminar presentations, statistical data, computer programs, research results
and theses”. (https://www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/sectionNo=REGS-0748).

Plagiarism, in other words, is an individual taking
someone else’s’ work and intentionally stating it as their own, or
unintentionally misrepresenting the source it was obtained from. Plagiarism
does not only exist in academics, and can exist in work places, in art, music,
etc. It is important in the research community as researchers rely heavily on
the studies conducted by many researchers. If any information was obtained from
an outside source, whether it was used “word for word” or not, the source for
this idea must be stated and credit must be given to the original author(s).

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Plagiarism affects not only the individual who did not
receive credit, it also impacts the individual who plagiarized. With respects
to not receiving credit, researchers spend extreme amounts of time dedicating
themselves to their work. Of course they would like this work to benefit
someone else’s research, however credit must be given where credit is due. If
anyone can take someone’s hard work and say it is their own, this may decrease
the incentive for people to strive to do research. In addition to this, many
essential skills are obtained whilst completing a degree. Whether it be skills
in research, laboratory, writing, the list goes on. If an individual were to
simply copy someone else’s work, they would miss the opportunity to develop
these skills as they are learned through hard work and dedication and cannot
simply be “transcribed”.