Do you know anything about plagiarism? Students from high school and college must definitely heard about this. This is the time wherein students are required to research new things and have to submit a written output. But most of the time, students just simply copy and paste their new findings. At that instant, they have their projects ready to be submitted.
As defined on dictionary.com, plagiarism is “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.” For easy understanding, plagiarism is owning or stealing ideas from others and making it as your own.
I must confess that I am guilty of plagiarism. During high school, I learned how to use the internet and found easy access to every information I needed. In college, research is even more demanded so students, including me are tempted to simply copy the informations gathered.
Everyone, especially in the journalism world, must learn to control plagiarism. As Nora Roberts said, “Certainly the plagiarism, and dealing with the fallout of it, was the most difficult thing I’ve ever faced since I started writing.” It is difficult, as every one of us look for easier ways to accomplish things. But if we keep on simply copying other’s works, we would not progress and improve. We will still remain what we are right now; still lingering on things we thought are okay but reality says it is not.