Plagiarism is a hot topic in the academic world, but it applies in all aspects of our lives. In a country and culture that values intellectual property, it is imperative that we are conscious of plagiarism guidelines and standards. The reality is, in many facets of life, when we make mistakes, we can claim ignorance. But when it comes to plagiarizing, there is little slack given; we are all expected to understand plagiarism guidelines and what constitutes a violation. While plagiarism is never c
|Scooped by David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN|
As I went through school, from elementary school through my post-doctoral fellowship and beyond, I always wanted a more concrete method to determine if I was copying someone else's work. It sounds easy, but if the concept is never clearly explained to you, there are a lot of gray areas. For example, I remember paraphrasing some information from a journal article in a paper I was writing. I felt uneasy and constantly re-paraphrased and re-paraphrased. By the time I was done, I wasn't really sure I had said what the research article had intended. When I have taught at the collegiate or graduate level, these similar questions come up from my students and I did not always have a clear answer. This quick guide is probably the best resource material on plagiarism that I have ever seen. It is definitely more clear to me. Further, I could see requiring students to go through this flowchart as they learn writing skills and produce papers at higher levels of education. All I can say is....Pass it on!