Swat Plagiarism: Be a Responsible Writer

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Plagiarism is a form of stealing a piece of another work content and copying another original thought and idea to be accredit as your authorship. It derives from the latin plagiārius, means “kidnapper”, equivalent to plagium, “kidnapping”. The person engaging in it is committing literary theft, in short plagiarism is an act of fraud.

How does the form of plagiarism take place? Is when copying the original work of others for your own representation by using a closely imitation thought, ideas and content. Another is by unintentionally presenting a misrepresentation of someone else words by failing to quote someone else citations.

Plagiarism is not the same as copyright infringement. but both of them can be consider as a violation of a law, command, or duty. Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights by a secured copyright holder, i.e when material protected by copyright is used without permission nor consent. On the other hand, plagiarism is an act of earning credits from someone else works by claiming the false authorship.

Where does plagiarism takes place? In Academic; plagiarized made easy and handy for those students by using the easy accessible form of research like copying and pasting the thoughts and ideas from the source in the internet. In journalism; mostly by copying electronic text from another websites and by unintentionally failed to quote someone else citations. And Online plagiarism, wherein most bloggers are engaging into this act. Some bloggers are borrowing someone else works to form a new materials out of it however they use a closely imitation of the said words, thought and ideas which is detected as the blatant word-for-word copies of text.

Plagiarism is a criminal offense, referred as theft and stealing someone else expression of original ideas and context.

How to avoid the act of committing plagiarism? To be responsible writers and avoids the act of plagiarism one must acknowledge the original source of the written context by citing sources. Providing your valued readers an information or link that will lead them to the original source of the materials that you used. Write only original content by using your original words, ideas and thought, re-constructing and re-phrasing  but still closely imitated is not an excuse act of plagiarism.

Observed proper etiquette and maintain the principle of a credible and responsible writer. Your work must contain only original materials and you must not forget to give proper credits to whom you owe the credits in case you used someone else works are reference.

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