Guest Author - Rebecca Graf
Plagiarism is not something to be taken lightly. Many people have been caught stealing other people’s ideas and thoughts. This is nothing new. What is new is the fact that plagiarism is becoming easier. The Internet has been the accomplice.
The Internet has been a wonderful invention that has taken the world by storm. It is through the Internet that many people work, get an education, and just have fun. So much good has been done because of the Internet. How could it help someone commit theft?
It is much easier than you think. Think about how you gather information from the Internet. You highlight it. You copy it. You then paste it onto another screen. Viola! You just committed plagiarism.
Okay, it is only plagiarism when you do not give credit to the original author. Yet, when you are flying about and copy/pasting, it is easy to forget where the information came from which leads to not giving proper citation. Plagiarism becomes so easy through the negligence of easy technology.
More and more instructors, publishers, and editors are finding an increase in plagiarism due to the information being obtained from the Internet. Too many writers are finding it easy to copy/paste the information and not give proper citation for their work. The next step is to see if there is any way to prevent the ease of plagiarism.
The best way to avoid plagiarism, whether the source is from the Internet or not, is to always write the notes in your own words. If you really need to quote someone verbatim, you need to put the quotes around the words when you note them and immediately create the proper citation. Never take plagiarism for granted.
In citing from the Internet, always use the entire URL. Also, note when the information was posted when possible and always note when you accessed the site as sites come and go all the time. Plagiarism can be avoided when we are not in the habit of just copying and pasting the information. Treat all information that you obtain carefully.
Remember that the Internet is a valuable resource. Do not let it be your accomplish in committing plagiarism. Give credit where it is due and be very careful when you copy/paste.