In this paper we were given this assignment to write about investigating a writing rule.  I chose to write my paper on plagiarism, plagiarism is a huge problem not only in elementary all the way up to college students writing but also in the work fields and writing research books etc.  This paper meets the second course outcome which states students will engage in academic inquiry using and evaluating a variety of sources incorporating and documenting source material appropriately, and avoiding plagiarism.

Plagiarism is everywhere in the world, from dance routines to forged documents, and even something as small as a veterinarian’s published work.  “Plagiarism, which in its most basic form consists of passing off someone else’s work as one’s own…” (Sousa-Silva, 2014, paragraph 1).  When writing anything, plagiarism can cause a huge problem for anyone, the main obstacle is how to avoid it altogether and how to create original thoughts.  In order to deter students, writers and even professors from plagiarizing, negative repercussions have also been set in place.

In the academic world, students have learned the ins and outs of writing papers with tid bits of work done by someone else in the field of the paper topic.  Student have wiggled around and have certainly bent the rules with citing and writing a nice long page of resources and references.  In the article, “Plagiarism: What’s the Big Deal?” by Brittney Hansen, Danica Stith, and Lee S. Tisdell, the authors state, “Solving the problem from its foundation rather than treating a symptom…” therefore by going about plagiarism this way, we aren’t seeing holes in the solution but an overall turnaround of the way students complete their own unique works.  Although teachers, and other authoritative figures in the school systems drill students about how wrong plagiarism is and how the students could be reprimanded for doing so, teachers and professors often use plagiarism in their tests and quizzes in which they make and pass around to each other.  Something so small doesn’t pose a real threat however, teachers and professors should also give students some slack sometimes.

This paper was the first one I had to write in APA format.  Learning how to write a paper in a brand new format was difficult but it allowed me to learn how to do in paper citations which you can see throughout my excerpt.

In the journal “Plagiarism: Can it be Stopped?” by G. Jay Christensen, he states, “Plagiarism can be controlled, not stopped.” As a whole, this problem is thought of as a controlling conflict instead of a virus which can be stopped with a simple (or maybe not so simple) treatment.  By coming up with assignments designed to reduce plagiarism, instructors would need to take some points into account such as: 1. “Original thinking on the part of the students rather than relying on canned textbook problems or cases” and 2. “Writing in own words rather than copying information from textbook cases or assignments with all the facts” (Christensen, 2011, paragraph 2).  When thinking about these facts and allowing instructors’ access to this information, why is plagiarism still continuously happening everywhere? If the idea is to reduce plagiarism, professors and instructors should take these tips into account and make it so that the assignments provoke original work from their students.  In the section, “Guidelines to Prevent Plagiarism” it explains the seriousness of plagiarism further by saying things such as “teach students about the risks of simply “cutting and pasting” from the internet”, and ‘teach students the difference between paraphrasing ideas and simply copying information from the Internet. Let them know, through library and classroom lectures, how important it is to document their information.” (Christensen, 2011, paragraph 11).  These two points are critical in helping professors make a new path to avoid plagiarism forever.


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