How to Avoid Plagiarism – part 1

To be able to able to come up with a very effective solution to plagiarism, the target should be its roots. This would give a significant impact in forming an efficient strategy intended to combat the problem on plagiarism. The following are helpful tips to do so:

  1. acquaint yourself with the causes why there is plagiarism
  2. know in what ways plagiarism takes place
  3. inculcate proactive actions to plagiarism in the school curriculum

Motivation to Commit Plagiarism
Plagiarism is undeniably one fast way to overcome one hard school task. This is just one of the many reasons why some pupils if not most resort to cheating. As students run out of time and as many more school stuffs pile up, there is a greater tendency to commit such intellectual dishonesty. For these reasons, plagiarism here is intentional. But there are also some circumstances wherein one unconsciously commits plagiarism; this takes place when one cannot identify the thin line distinguishing research and plagiarism. What are other circumstances that motivate plagiarism? And how can we be wise in anticipating such? Cutting off the roots before a plant grows is a good analogy to determining what makes plagiarism one easy choice to accomplish a project before such misdeed is done.

Purposeful Plagiarism
Adventure may be one fit word to link with plagiarizing. This may be one way of students to test the intellectual capacity and resourcefulness of the instructors to be able to identify which is copied from whom and which is not. This becomes one exciting quest for some who take risk of intentionally doing so.

Researching and Thinking
Accessibility of information online makes it convenient for students to run through data needed for school work. What makes it easier is that these pieces of information include some other useful data related to it. For instance, a site for the articles of a certain author also includes the commentaries or reactions and analyses of the readers and perhaps analyses also of other fellow authors. This is more than just a little help, this greatly enables students to grasp some ideas from those posted analyses which some if not most try to own.
It is of much importance then to train the students on shaping and making their own views to various matters. Individuality makes sense. In connection to this, different people have different perceptions on things and it is much easier to process one’s own bits of data to information especially when there is understanding of the issue.
It is inevitable that students tend to be conscious about their own work because of what they had already read. They may find their work way poorly written and done compared to other provided analyses. Thus, students think of excusing themselves from the burden of hard task by just copying the ready-made analyses and reaction paper. But we must always remember that one’s own ideas may transcend others’ if we have the drive to really know the details.
A way to encourage students to refrain from plagiarism is to let them know that each has unique way of understanding matters and expressing opinions. Everything is a learning process that does not only take a blink of an eye but it takes effort and perhaps so much time. Moreover, people have different lenses in looking at things due to the different agents of learning they may be exposed to. There is also a chance that the analysis a student has come up with is even more relevant in the field compared to what a person with expertise on the topic has analyzed. But as students who try to learn new things, they are not much expected to level up with those who are experts. They are only encouraged.

Grades and Plagiarism
Education loses its meaning as many students see it as a leeway to attain an end which we may say a materialistic one. For example, earning six-digit salary and more which arises from the pressure of a either poor or rich family. Pressure from other groups such as friends and teachers also agitate students to work hard, to strive well and do the prohibited acts. And plagiarism is not an exemption to these forbidden behaviors. Instead of focusing and doing well on “how” one attains an objective, students’ attentions are eyed on the end itself.