Plagiarism is copying one’s work and getting the credit for it. According to Belcher (2009), there are many factors to plagiarism, such as copying the exact words, rephrasingsomeone’s words without acitation, not citing sourcesused for a research paper and using someone’s idea without acknowledging him or her. Belcher also addsmultiple ways to avoid plagiarism, isto have a short-term memory of the text you read and summarize it from your own words.
Another way to avoid plagiarismis to take effective notes and revise for any impropercitation and misquotation. When reading Belcher, I did realize all of the itemmentioned are considered as plagiarism although I always have troublesummarizing an assignment without using some of the exact words due tobelieving some are too important to leave and hard to replace with otherwords. There are many reasons whyplagiarism is a negative thing, it can cause lack of knowledge on the subjectthat was a plagiarist, it shows lack of creativity and confidence in who copiessomeone’s work. Another reason is if someone plagiarism thenmost likely will plagiarism more in the future. Moreover, all of this willresult in a poor academic performance which will affect the person performanceon that subject and to his or her surroundings. The personal consequence onewill face if plagiarizes, will not acquire new skills to improve his or her understandingof the subject and the goal of an assignment is not just to get a good gradebut to learn and grow your knowledge in that particular subject and by takingsomeone’s work he or shewill miss an opportunity to develop experience and skills in that subject. Furthermore,the key to revising is to double check for paraphrasing, for citing follow theformatting guidelines such as APA, when quoting, use the quote exactly the way it iswith page number if needed and lastly a reference page.
At the end carefullycheck and reread your paper loudly and compare it with the article or text youused as a reference to double check for paraphrasing and other that listed toavoid plagiarism.