Plagiarism, one of the main problems of academic life, is a simple subject to describe, but hard to avoid. It can be simply put in this way as in The Cambridge Dictionary; to use another person's idea or a part of their work and pretend that it is your own. As defined clearly in the dictionary, plagiarism is nothing but stealing someone else’s work. And yes, it is wrong to plagiarize, but most of the people continue to do it. One of the reasons for this is the ones who plagiarize don’t know what plagiarism is. As Evans J. writes: ‘Everyone seems to know plagiarism is wrong, including those who commit the offence, but few know how to completely define it…’ As these people don’t know what plagiarism is, they’re also unaware of the effects of it. It may seem harmless to plagiarize, however it has devastating effects not only on the committer, but maybe on the ones that are surrounding him.
Focusing on the effects on the plagiarizer, we can start by thinking academically. As the competition between candidates for projects or jobs that require special qualifications is at a high rate, plagiarism is one of the major concerns for falling behind in this race. Using someone else’s work for a report or a project prevents us from gaining new knowledge. By working on a subject of our own, we acquire new skills. And sometimes, our work might not be completely correct. However failing and making mistakes is good way to learn, because we know what we did wrong. The experience coming from our own mistakes is simply better than high scores.
Lack of knowledge leads to another problem caused by plagiarism, which is the slowing down development. Plagiarizing is taking other’s work, not creating something new. As the rate of plagiarism increases, there will be less new studies or projects, as we are already using what is done. Yes, doing our own work and creating something small might seem worthless in the beginning, but as we create the more, the better and maybe important outcomes we get in the future. Sometimes taking a step forward is the beginning of the success.
Yet another effect that is related to these steps that takes us to success is unwillingness to take responsibility. Plagiarism seems like an easy way to passing our courses. As long as we don’t get caught, we can use what’s already done to get rid of some extra study or a project. Collaboration is an easy way to advance through our academic life, however when we won’t be able to find someone to do our work, we do not have a single clue on where to start. This occurs because we don’t have the experience for doing such works. The main reason for this lack of experience is not taking any responsibility. When we take responsibility for completing a work, we dedicate ourselves to complete it in the best way we can. If we keep on paying attention to what’re we doing, we’ll get more experience and we’ll know what to do when we confront with difficult problems.
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