Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty that can have serious consequences. However, plagiarism is something that you can avoid if you understand what it is, why it matters, and how you can use a variety of strategies to prevent plagiarism from happening.
Why does plagiarism matter?
In fact, many instances of plagiarism occur unintentionally. Intentional or not, any form of plagiarism is a serious offense. The following are some habits and practices that can lead to inadvertent plagiarism.
If you are writing and researching at the last minute, you are more likely to make errors that can lead to plagiarism. You are also more likely to have a citation error or fail to cite a source if you don't take good notes and keep your source information organized and available.
Why does self-plagiarism matter?
Say you submit a paper for a class and receive a good grade. Next semester you submit that same paper again for a different class and receive another grade. You just received two grades, but you only did the work once. Self-plagiarism is essentially a form of dishonesty.
Why use sources?
Research is a conversation among people in a given academic field. Sources are a way for you to participate in a research conversation since you are acknowledging and responding to the work of others in the field.