Plagiarism Discussion


Plagiarism has largely been defined as the art of using and stealinganother person’s or author’s ideas, expressions or thoughts andusing them as his or her own without giving due credit (Lathrop &ampFoss, 2005). The aspect of plagiarism has been mainly common inacademic writing, where scholars use other author’s ideas orthoughts without giving them due credit. In the academic world,plagiarism is considered as a form of academic dishonesty. Whereasplagiarism is not categorized as a form of crime, it is imperative tonote that it is considered as a major ethical and moral issue in theacademic sphere (Marsh, 2007). In this regard, plagiarism may attractpenalties, suspensions or even expulsions from schools. In vastmajority of cases, plagiarism has led to issues of copyrightinfringement.

Intellectual property is the aspect of ensuring that a person’sideas or thoughts are not replicated without him or her receiving duecredit. Although plagiarism is regarded as stealing, it is vital toremember that the concept does not exists whatsoever in the legalfield. The advent of the internet has changed the concept ofplagiarism completely. Whereas the internet is rich with informationfrom different websites, it is critical to note that using any of theinformation requires the researcher to give due credit to the author(Neville, 2010). There are various forms of plagiarism that exist inacademic writing. Verbatim plagiarism is a form of plagiarism wherethe researcher copies another authors work, word by word withoutgiving due credit to such an author. Mosaic plagiarism is anotherform of plagiarism where the researcher copies bits of informationfrom another author and fails to give due credit therefore leading toplagiarism.

Inadequate paraphrase is the aspect where the researcher reads fromanother author’s work and changes a few words. In other words, theresearcher does not completely paraphrase the ideas of the originalauthor. Uncited quotation or paraphrase also constitute plagiarism.The researcher must give due credit to the original author of anythought or idea that he or she uses.

The main strategy of avoiding plagiarism is come up with originalideas and thoughts in regard to various issues (Watkins, 2008). Inaddition, it is imperative to always give due credit when sourcinginformation from a different source rather than your own.

Response to another student’s paper

The issue of plagiarism has been discussed extremely well in thepaper. The definition is clear and sets the tone for the entirepaper. It is a captivating and interesting paper to read. The authorhas presented the ideas vividly and directly. The author of thepeople has even gone ahead and presented arguments for why thelearning institutions should adopt rules and regulations in regard toplagiarism. According to the author of the paper, control ofplagiarism is critical in ensuring the learners are improvingacademically and can also be helped in case of any problem.

The author has also offered an insightful analysis of the extent towhich the researcher plagiarizes in order to warrant attention fromthe authorities such expulsion or suspension. It is the author’sidea that first time offenders should be given another chance beforefacing disciplinary action. It is also interesting to note that theauthor presents a solution to the problem of plagiarism. The authorsuggests that giving credit where it is due is the main solution tothe problem of plagiarism. However, the author of the paper does notprovide the various forms of plagiarism. In addition, the issue ofintellectual property has not been clearly discussed and exploited bythe author of the paper


Lathrop, A., &amp Foss, K. (2005). Guiding students from cheatingand plagiarism to honesty and integrity: Strategies for change.Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.

Marsh, B. (2007). Plagiarism: Alchemy and remedy in highereducation. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Neville, C. (2010). The complete guide to referencing and avoidingplagiarism. Maidenhead: Open University Press/McGraw Hill.

Watkins, H. (2008). Plagiarism. Detroit: Greenhaven Press.