Plagiarism may be an easy temptation for students, but a huge challenge for teachers. A lot of time is dedicated to teaching and explaining students how to avoid plagiarism, yet this phenomenon continues to be on the rise.
Plagiarism comes in different forms and shapes. The three main types of plagiarism are: global, patchwork and incremental plagiarism.
Today, we will talk about the most obvious type of plagiarism, global plagiarism. Global plagiarism occurs when a student copies the entire work of another author and passes it off as his own. This type of plagiarism is similar to verbatim plagiarism where passages of text are copied word for word, but is even more unethical as the whole work is presented as original.
An example of global plagiarism would be a scenario when a student submits an essay that has been written by someone else as his own. The original source could be a journal, a book chapter, a complete essay published on the Internet or one obtained from a fellow student. In such cases plagiarism is unavoidable as the original cannot be acknowledged in footnotes.
This type of plagiarism is usually easy to detect even without help of electronic software. After years of working in a particular field and having read thousands of essays, it is almost certain that an entirely copied work will not pass unnoticed by an experienced teacher.
You are probably asking yourself why would someone be so naive to commit such a dishonest action in such a primitive way? You might think that this is just pure laziness. In reality there are many reasons why students choose to resort to global plagiarism.
Let’s admit, writing is a special skill that someone needs to possess to a certain degree to be able to produce good quality authentic works. It can, of course, be developed but what if the student feels that writing is not their strongest point and the whole idea of approaching a particular writing task makes them anxious and overwhelmed? Students may find the assessment boring, they might be busy with other assessments or have a tendency to leave everything till last minute and then, due to lack of time, decide to take a shortcut. Sometimes the true reasons are hidden within the student’s emotional state. Personal circumstances like stress or depression and family problems like parents’ divorce or bereavement can contribute greatly to the problem. These factors have to be taken into consideration but, of course, cannot justify student’s actions.
Global plagiarism is very easy to prove. Because the whole text has been copied, there is no way that the student can deny it when put on the spot. He will also stand a very little chance of avoiding a serious punishment, which can be failure of the assessment or even expulsion.
Whichever way you look at it, plagiarism is wrong and global plagiarism is inevitably the lousiest. By plagiarising you are depriving yourself the opportunity of developing your writing skills which, undoubtedly, will come to use in your future career. Not only will you get caught and face the consequences but also ruin your reputation.
If you don’t want to get into trouble, don’t take the chance!
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