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FJ Exam Part 2 - 1 What is plagiarism and why should it be...

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1. What is plagiarism, and why should it be avoided? According to MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing , plagiarism is taking another person’s thoughts and expressions in one’s own work without proper citing the source where they come from (151). In another words, without correct attribution, any imitation and improvement of another person’s intelligent results constitute plagiarism. There are two primary reasons why should plagiarism be avoided. First of all, any other persons’ words, ideas, research results and publications are their own intellectual property which is protected by law. If the students use the result without citing, they are ‘stealing’ from others without permission. Plagiarism is an illegal infringement of property rights, so it should be avoided. In the second place, it is unethical to plagiarize. Plagiarism will harm the reputation of both the author who plagiarized and the represented education institution. At the same time, plagiarism will hinder the development of original creative ideas and insightful outcome.
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