Why are my instructors so concerned about plagiarism?

Why are my instructors so concerned about plagiarism?

The idea behind doing research papers is not understood by many students these days. The idea is to introduce students to the concept of hard work and patience, not of plagiarism. This is done by the fact that a lot of research is required in these assignments. Highly extensive and exhaustive research is required of all the various sources of information and all the different materials available to the students. Students have to go through lots and lots of sources to actually get some amount of relevant material. Apart from this the large numbers of re-edits have to be done to get an absolutely refined, precise and to the point copy of the final assignment. But the main reason as to why assignments and papers are given to students is because students have to be encouraged to think freely themselves. They have to be prodded in the right direction so as to get them thinking about new and fresh ideas. This is the main reason behind doing these papers and assignments. But many students don’t understand this concept and indulge in plagiarism. This is very wrong. Students should avoid this because of the following reasons. It discourages students from putting in hard work and makes them lazy. Apart from this it also discourages students from thinking and applying themselves and from forming original and creative ideas. It really kills all originality and authenticity.

When referring to and reading from various sources one should only go as far as understanding the information in them. After this the student should put their own thoughts and ideas in their own language in the paper. The student’s ideas though inspired from another author’s work and thoughts have to be original by themselves. They are not supposed to be absolute copies of plagiarism but should be built from and inspired by these thoughts. We wonder as to why instructors are not only so strict but also so insistent on avoiding plagiarising. Instructors have the student’s best interests at heart. They don’t want the students to turn into absolute non-thinkers. In fact they want students to be extremely creative and thoughtful when it comes to new ideas and methods. That is why fresh thinking is so necessary. Without new and authentic thinking there will be no original ideas and thus no progress at all. Which is why, instructors thus give students assignments and papers with a threefold goal in mind. The first one is to tell them about the importance of understanding the research material that they have been given. This material is specifically given to make the student study about a particular aspect and thus to help him or her stem original and creative ideas in their field. The second is to teach you to cite the sourced of information properly. This sort of thing is highly professional and removes any doubts about any sort of plagiarism. The third and final reason is to teach you clearly write your paper in a way so as to clearly distinguish between your ideas and the author’s ideas. Being inspired by and also borrowing a bit of information from another author is fine but, the student should know how to clearly distinguish between his thesis/work and that of the author. This sort of practise acknowledges the original author’s work from the attempt at ideas of the student. This again avoids any sort of plagiarism from happening.

« Tip on plagiarism prevention « Prev
Unintentional plagiarism » Next »

Latest blog posts

Terms related to plagiarism
Terms related to plagiarism

There are a number of terms associated with plagiarism. If you want to understand plagiarism in depth then it is a necessity that you are familiar with each of these terms. Theplagiarism.com will help you know the meaning of each of these terms so that you are never accidentally trapped into a plagiarism issue ...

Continue reading
Plagiarism - a cyber crime
Plagiarism - a cyber crime

It is extremely important for teachers and professors to be aware of plagiarism as nowadays it has become the habit of students to present essays, term papers, research papers, theses and dissertations that are copied from any of the various sources on the internet. The following measures must be taken to check ...

Continue reading
Main types of plagiarism
Main types of plagiarism

Students are required to conduct research for the papers that they are supposed to write. This research involves going through various sources of information including previous journals and papers only for the purpose of understanding the topic and then writing it in one’s own words. Plagiarising on the other ...

Continue reading
Plagiarism facts
Plagiarism facts

According to the Webster’s English Dictionary, the definition of plagiarism is given as taking ideas from someone else and then claiming them to be your own. With such an apt definition one can easily make out that plagiarism is not a good thing to do!! But still there are many forms of plagiarism that are ...

Continue reading
Modern plagiarism
Modern plagiarism

plagiarism, what is it? Plagiarising is nothing but copying or stealing of another author’s thoughts and ideas from his or her work with the intention of passing them off as one’s own without giving any credit to the original author at all. It is an extremely dishonest, bad and immoral practice because it ...

Continue reading
Some types of plagiarism
Some types of plagiarism

Students are required to regularly submit research papers or term papers nowadays. They are required to do original research for them. However most of these students resort to plagiarism instead of doing their job honestly. There are many types of research papers but the main types of research papers are the ...

Continue reading