Plagiarism, paraphrasing, and correct use of citation
While learning, students are required to complete assignments, term papers, and even research papers. In writing these papers, students must adhere to some rules and most importantly make sure the paper is original. In most learning institutions, copying someone’s else work by a student and presenting them as his or her own original work is a serious offence and the students to does it usually faces disciplinary action. In cases where a students has to use someone else’s work on ides, he or she must correctly indicate the source of this information and state whose it is.
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It also extends to journalistic ethics. A student, scholar, or journalist who practices plagiarism can be subjected to sanctions such as suspension, expulsion, or other penalties. In law, plagiarism is not a crime but in industry and academia, it is a serious ethical offence. Paraphrasing is a type of plagiarism where one expresses the idea of another author in his or her words. Paraphrasing can be appropriate if the source of the information used is states. Citation is the technique of indicating the source of information in academic writing. Cited work cannot be said to be plagiarized.
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