Pros and Cons of Plagiarizing

Posted on:January 9, 2009

Every day we face some controversial issues that cannot be interpreted in one way. Plagiarism belongs to this kind of issues: until you face the problem of lack of your own ideas, you may passionately argue against plagiarism. So, it can be said that the issue of plagiarism is neither “white”, nor “black”. It is just there.
 
Imagine if you were asked to act as a plagiarism analyzer and evaluate all pros and cons of this issue. What would you say?
 
Here are some ideas for your plagiarism analysis:

  1. Plagiarism is a good thing in terms of saving time and efforts. You do not have to try to come up with your own ideas, but you can simply copy/paste some author’s points.
  2. Plagiarism is a bad thing, since you can get caught on it and be severely punished for it. Some universities may even expel you for plagiarizing, so this is actually a very serious issue.
  3. Plagiarism is easy to indicate, especially if you have some anti-plagiarism software, a reliable plagiarism analyzer. Many teachers take advantage of these programs, do not underestimate them. So, make sure to put everything into your own words.
  4. Plagiarism is not always so evident, especially if you paraphrase what you read. In fact, if you use your own words to summarize a text, you will never be accused of plagiarism.


Plagiarism should not be an option for you if you have enough time to complete an assignment. Why to take unnecessary risks if you can do it yourself?!
 
So, now you are definitely ready to become a real plagiarism analyzer and you, probably, already have a strong position on this issue.

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