Plagiarismpaper - Dr. Karen Erickson Honors Symposium...

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Honors Symposium 10/18/2006 What is Plagiarism? Plagiarism: it appears to be a straight-forward concept. If one takes another person’s writing or idea, he/she is plagiarizing, right? Not necessarily. According to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, plagiarism is defined as: “to steal the ideas or words of another and pass off as one’s own; to use a created production without crediting the source; or to present an idea or product derived from an existing source as new and original.” Although this definition seems to explain plagiarism thoroughly, the definition is, in fact, extremely vague. It covers obvious copy-and-paste plagiarism, total absence of citations, and intentional seizing of ideas or words, but it neglects to include cases which involve improper citation, cryptomnesia, and other inadvertent uses of another’s ideas or words. This relationship between the written definition of plagiarism and what actually should be considered plagiarism leads to many controversial cases and makes true plagiarism difficult to define. Improper citing is one issue that leads to many accusations of plagiarism. Many authors use examples and quotes from other’s writings in their own work. If they cite even one source wrong they are automatically known for plagiarizing and are given a bad name. Stephen Ambrose, a former college professor and historian, was accused
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course HONR 100 taught by Professor Erickson during the Fall '06 term at CSB-SJU.

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