Please Don't Plagiarize!Show transcriptHide transcript
Did you know that copying text from the Internet and posting it somewhere new without saying where you got it is a form of cheating? It's also called stealing. You also steal when you take an image that you find on the Internet and use it without permission. This kind of cheating and stealing is also known as plagiarism. Plagiarism is illegal and you can get in a lot of trouble for it. You can also get other people in trouble. For example, if you steal an article or image and post it in your blog without permission, you are probably breaking the terms and conditions of the host site. A host site is a site like EnglishClub.com that offers members a space of their own. Web sites with stolen material lose their reputation quickly. Often times plagiarism is unintentional. People think they are being nice by sharing an interesting story or image with others. However, by pasting it on your blog or a discussion board without any citation, you are essentially pretending that it is yours. This is dishonest. It is also unfair to the creator. Many people do not understand the basic rules of fair use, especially when it comes to the Internet. Please take some time to read through these pages. We hope they will help you understand why it is important to give credit where credit is due.
What Is Plagiarism?
And How To Avoid It - A Guide For ESL Learners
Do you plagiarize?
Plagiarism is an illegal form of copying. It means taking another person's work (without asking) and calling it your own. Plagiarism can be accidental or intentional. Copying an entire essay or story and calling it your own is plagiarism. Copying one sentence word-for-word without "quotations" is also plagiarism. Whether you hand it in to a teacher, or post it in your blog, plagiarism is against the law in most nations.
Examples of plagiarism
Why do English learners copy?
Here are some common excuses English learners use:
There are two main reasons why plagiarism is taken so seriously in the academic world:
Most countries have copyright laws. In places like North America, plagiarism is taken very seriously. Students learn about plagiarism at an early age, and teachers in high schools and universities rarely accept any excuses for copying.
In some countries, the idea of "intellectual property" is not valued. Students from poor countries (or places where the government has a lot of control) may not understand the idea of an author owning his words or a photographer owning his photo.
There is NO excuse for international students to plagiarize in a foreign country, however. It is important to understand and respect the copyright rules of the author or artist's country.
Reasons NOT to Plagiarize
Even though most ESL or EFL teachers will not accept any of the excuses above, many students are tempted to plagiarize. Teachers are trained to recognize plagiarism. Most importantly, they know the level of their students. Learners who intentionally plagiarize will likely get caught.
Here are more reasons NOT to plagiarize:
Copying from the Internet
Myth: "The Internet is a Public Domain."
This is not true! Most Internet content, including images, is protected by copyright. You need permission to use it. You also need to credit the author or creator.
Text on the Internet is no different than text in a book or newspaper. Anything that another person writes, including email, is copyright protected. Internet plagiarism often involves copying text or images from websites, blogs, forums and social media sites.
Copying from the Internet is very easy to do. It is also easy for teachers to catch. Teachers who suspect plagiarism can check the Internet for exact wording by doing a simple search.
The World Wide Web is a growing international community. It loses its reputation when copyright rules are broken.
Getting Caught for Plagiarizing
Students, job applicants, and even politicians have been caught plagiarizing. When you put research into your own words and acknowledge your sources, everybody wins.
The punishment for plagiarizing can be very severe. Some teachers will give you a second chance if your form of copying was unintentional. Many teachers have a strict policy and will not accept
IMPORTANT: It is not only your reputation at stake. If you take part in blogs, forums, or discussion boards (such as MyEnglishClub), please respect the Terms and Conditions. When you copy and paste from the web and post text or images in any of the spaces mentioned above you are putting the host site in danger. Search engines have "spiders" that check for stolen images and text. Websites that contain copied material are "flagged" for copyright violation, even if the content was posted by members.