According to Dictionary.com, the correct definition of plagiarism is an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author. (
) Plagiarism at the collegiate level can
result in serious punishments ranging from academic blemishes all the way to legal consequences. (6 Consequences of Plagiarism) No matter the setting, taking someone else’s work and using it as your own without giving an accurate citation is wrong. “Give credit where credit it due.” In todays day and age, creating citations may still be a challenge but with the help of websites like EasyBib.com and CitationMachine.com, citations are made easy. It’s as simple as typing in information about the thing you want to cite and it will generate a citation for you free of charge. Life in college is much different than life in high school but the same ethics code still exist about plagiarism. “
A student found guilty of violating a college's plagiarism policies can face sanctions ranging from failure of a class to expulsion from the school. In minor instances, such as copying a homework assignment, instructors may simply fail you for the work. However, major plagiarism cases involving copying significant portions of papers or projects often result in referrals to college judiciary boards that make
judgments and issue sanctions.”
(Kokemuller) If this quote does not scare you I would say you’re as fearless as Beowulf himself. (
All jokes aside, plagiarism is a form of theft and can get a person in serious trouble. So go ahead, spend that extra 20 minutes to fully complete a works cited page. It is better to be safe than sorry! In life you are given very few opportunities to prove yourself, so why risk it?
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