Plagiarism is the theft of the assets of an individual by using his/her ideas, information and material without giving him/her the due credit. It is a serious academic offence that not only undermines a person’s intelligence but also unjust behaviour to the person whose ideas were used because he/she was not acclaimed for the work.
Plagiarism has got a lot of attention in academic institutions especially, in the current times. The consequences of committing plagiarism have become quite severe. To use someone else’s work and just substituting words here and there is not deemed an appropriate practice in a majority of academic institutions.
The Office of Research Integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services considers plagiarism to include both the “theft or misappropriation of intellectual property and the substantial unattributed textual copying of another’s work”.
To change verbs here and there and manipulate the sentence structure in paragraphs to hoodwink a reader regarding the contributions of the original author is called substantial unattributed textual copying.
The statistics of plagiarism explicitly divulge that a majority of school students i.e. 54% have admitted to committing plagiarism. Similarly, according to Education Week, at least 74% of students have accepted that they have cheated at least once during their academic years in schools, colleges and universities. It was also shockingly discovered that approximately 66% of students hailing from renowned universities have admitted that they have copied information from the internet for their academic and research papers.