Global Issues in the Media
Wow, I really like that passage that you wrote. I think I am going to copy and paste your writing into my paper on plagiarism. Of course, in doing so I am going to completely defeat the purpose of writing an essay on plagiarism. But I’d hate to receive a bad grade for my own poor quality of work, meaning I’d much rather accept the consequences for my actions. That is, only in the case that I get caught, which I won’t, because I am the smartest person alive.
This kind of behavior is what represents plagiarism in my mind. I’m not exactly sure where this mentality comes from, because I myself do not indulge in plagiarism and all that entails. To take credit for work that is not your own is lowly. In my mind, if something is eligible for plagiarizing, then that piece of work is truly special. It was painstakingly thought out and leaves room for appreciation. It cannot be remade to be better in any shape, way, or form. That’s where citing comes in.
There are several ways to cite a passage that can catch your attention. An example would be that “you can place quotation marks around it, and reference the originator in a set of parentheses immediately after,” (Hayley Carroll). You can also introduce the passage in a subtle way, as in the words of Hayley Carroll, “by mentioning the author and/or their credentials before writing the quotation.” Then there’s paraphrasing, meaning to rewrite the basic gist of a passage in your own words. With so many different techniques available to prevent plagiarism, there truly is no excuse to do it.
On the note of whether a plagiarizer will get caught or not, that area is pure grey. I guess it depends on the level of attention the instructor places on grading the work. Nowadays, though, there are so many methods of technology that can automatically confirm whether or not a paper is truly your own writing that it would probably not be the best idea to test it. That said, you would be truly lucky to not get caught, especially if you are a repeat offender of the crime.
In the case that you do get caught, however, there could possibly be severe repercussions. Degrees of “punishment” vary greatly from place to place. Some institutions will kick out, or in other words, expel offenders. Other institutions may treat you with a slap on the wrist and a “just don’t do it again!” The most frequent course of action is to at least make sure the plagiarizing student receives a zero on their paper, possibly even in the whole class. Usually, plagiarism is not treated lightly.
There are some, though, that do treat plagiarism lightly. Many people can attest to the idea that copying another’s piece of work can be labeled as “no big deal.” In fact, some people tend to believe that plagiarism is the highest form of a compliment. In some sick, twisted way, this may be true; however, I, for one, do not agree with this statement. Plagiarism is wrong. It is stealing; thievery. Stealing is illegal in all fifty states.
The point that I am trying to make isn’t that you can never share an idea you found with others. It is that there are right and wrong ways to go about it. Obviously, the “oh, that paragraph is worded so well I just know it will earn me an A if I copy and paste it into my paper,” method is never going to work. Either learn how to cite properly, or create your own opinions. Everybody has one, after all.