Plagiarism… it’s a topic that every professional scientist hears about. There are several definitions of what it means to plagiarize. For example, the English Oxford Dictionary says that to plagiarize is to “take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass is off as one’s own”. Merriam-Webster dictionary states that if you use someone’s work without crediting the source, that is plagiarizing.
In years past, the process for checking for plagiarism was tough. Now, there are resources available to check works from individuals much easier. In college, we have to write a lot of research papers. Professors are somewhat lenient with us because they understand that our citations may not always be correct. Imagine if we got labeled as “cheaters” every time we didn’t cite anything correctly; there would be a lot of papers that wouldn’t be published or able to be written. Consequences for such plagiarism at the academic level can be somewhat catastrophic. If a student “cheats”(plagiarizes) they can receive a zero for either the assignment or class, take a class about plagiarism, or be expelled from the school. In a professional sense, if you plagiarize, many people will say that your career and reputation will be ruined.
Are you willing to put everything on the line to steal someone else’s work?