Plagiarism has become a widespread problem in our society. Plagiarism is categorized as the using of ideas, words, concepts, or beliefs of others, without giving them credit for originating them. It seems as if everyone is looking for the quick and easy way of completing tasks by borrowing from their predecessors. Borrowing ideas or words from those who have come before us and have gained knowledge on a particular subject is what education is all about, however, when someone does borrow or use someone else’s information, they are morally, and often times legally, obligated to give due credit to the source. Plagiarism is a form of cheating, and cheating hurts everyone involved in one way or another. Plagiarism may happen due to numerous possible reasons, some of which include lack of honesty in the person doing the plagiarism, accidental or unintentional plagiarism due to carelessness, or lack of knowledge on how to properly cite sources so as not to plagiarize.
Plagiarism, at first glance, can appear to be a harmless crime. Often times it is difficult to see a victim, or someone who is hurt by this action. This leads to a sense of nonchalance about plagiarizing. Unfortunately, this mentality is growing and plagiarism is becoming a very controversial topic. As Nels Griffin (Write or wrong: Thoughts on plagiarism) stated, there needs to be a distinction between intentional and blatant plagiarism, and accidental or unintentional plagiarism. After all, plagiarism by its own definition is borrowing or stealing other people’s ideas or words and not giving them credit. When you borrow without permission, that is known as stealing, which hurts the person you stole from and your personal integrity. So contrary to popular opinion, plagiarism can and does have victims.
Plagiarism is a leading form of cheating in today’s society (Callahan, 2006). Many say that advances in modern technology have increased the occurrences of plagiarism. Whether this is true or not, it does make cheating, or plagiarism, much easier to do. The problem with plagiarism is that it is cheating, and cheating is wrong. Most people have been told since they could walk that we should not cheat. So why does it seem so acceptable to cheat in the form of plagiarism? Callahan (2006) surmised that honesty in general, is being challenged by many in our society as an “old fashioned” concept. There is what I hope to be a misguided concept that everyone cheats now days, and that it is acceptable for the most part, at least to some degree. What does this say about our society when there is an acceptable degree, or level of cheating?
It is my opinion that cheating in one area of life will more than likely lead to...