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Plagiarism, A WorldWide Problem: A Thoughtful Blog.

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AreoDynamic's Avatar AreoDynamic
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Hello Everyone, welcome to another blog post. Today, I will be talking about Plagiarism, why it's bad, and how I think it should be stopped.

#1: What Is Plagiarism?
Look at the quote below:

"Take and use another person's (Thoughts, writings, inventions) as one's own"

Now, What does this actually mean? It means that you just copy and paste an article or any type of writing and think that it's your own piece of work. In Addition, The person who created the article or any other material may also hold a copyright, and in that case, passing it off as your own could be illegal, and you would be in serious trouble if caught.

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

. To Steal and pass off (the ideas or words or another) as one's own

. to use (another's production) without crediting the source

. To commit literary theft

. to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In Other words, plagiarism is a type of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterwards.

#2: Why People Plagiarize

Why Do People actually want to plagiarize and steal other people's ideas or creations? Well, let's say it, people are just too lazy to create a blog or project themselves. They are just trolls basically, they like to copy things in order to earn XP and gain high levels in PMC, which I found surprising since I never knew people were so selfish and only cared about being a high level than others.

Another reason is because they actually think you wouldn't get caught. And that is proven false, again. For example, long time ago, I created a skin and 12 hours later, I saw in a comment that someone had stolen my account. Obviously, since the skin wasn't viewed, or really "popular", he thought that he would get away with that crime. Well, in the end, I contacted an moderator and he sorted it out in a couple of minutes :)

Some, however, don't even know how they are or don't understand how to properly cite a source to give credit to the author. Or, they even forget to credit the website or any source he/she used for their creation. That happens to a lot of people, and I had the mistake too, but now, I learned my lesson and I never did it again, and always credited the site/source that I have researched on.

Rarely, people just have poor planning, so they just rush in and create a blog that isn't theirs. I think that isn't a really good plan. I plan on my blogs, brainstorm, or even use a technique called branching, which you can find out yourself. Rushing isn't going to help you, you need time to create something unique or fabulous to amaze everyone. What I'm trying to say is that try to post good quality, and not rush and make a couple of sentences. Try to calm down, and don't feel worried.

#3: Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

Acknowledge Sources:

When you use a quote or someone elseo s idea you must always use quotation marks and make a brief reference to the author of the idea. This can be done either by presenting a reference to the author using square brackets at the end of the quote or idea or by using footnotes and a referencing system.

Many people commonly make the mistake of thinking that any ideas, blogs, projects, mods, skins, or texture packs dono t have to be credited because they haveno t been published. This is completely false and you will be caught for plagiarism if you dono t credit the idea with a user name and the date which you accessed the idea.

Ask Permission
A surefire way to prevent plagiarism is to ask the author in writing (e-mail is fine) if you can quote from his or her work. Give the context in which the information will be usedo such as a newsletter, blog posting or letter from the pastoro and what will be used. Most authors are happy to say yes. Although you may be legally entitled to quote from the material if it has been widely circulated, getting permission is strongly recommended.

Create Your Own Ideas/Creation:

Try to create something that no-one had seen before, like a huge monument(Or something like that). Thinking about a new idea is great to develop your writing skills. It can prove that you have a creative mind, and can easily find and make topics. Be Imaginative and think for some time before actually posting a cool project, as you might have made a mistake which most people do.


Paraphrase: Using someoneo s ideas, but putting them in your own words. This is probably the skill you will use most when incorporating sources into your writing. Although you use your own words to paraphrase, you must still acknowledge the source of the information.

Here's an example tat uses the Modern Language Association Style (MLA Style): "According to Peter S. Pritchard in USA Today, o Public schools need reform but theyo re irreplaceable in teaching all the nationo s youngo (14).

According to Gredler (2001), the same factors apply to developing complex skills in a classroom setting as to developing complex skills in any setting. A response must be induced, then reinforced as it gets closer to the desired behavior. Reinforcers have to be scheduled carefully, and cues have to be withdrawn gradually so that the new behaviors can be transferred and maintained.

References: Gredler, M. E. (2001). Learning and instruction: Theory into practice (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Do you see what I mean? Paraphrasing is very powerful, and could be useful later on, so you could try using this method if you want :)

#4: Conclusion:

Well, I hope you knew what Plagiarism is, and how bad it is especially because it is spreading everywhere, and people are either incorrectly citing sources, or just copying and pasting submissions in order to think that they are experts at skinning, making mods, textures, etc. I hope you liked my thoughtful blog, and remember to:

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09/07/2012 3:31 am
Level 80 : Elite Grump
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Funny that you would have a blog about this, and your skins are plagiarized.
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