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Why do you think plagiarism is a problem in academic work?

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What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is broadly defined as taking someone else's work and using it as if it were your own.

Why don't we want plagiarism to exist?
Plagiarism is a problem because of the delicate nature of intellectual property. Stealing and not recognizing the importance of intellectual property has been a problem since the advent of copyrights to Napster.

How does plagiarism affect academic writing?
In academic work, plagiarism is more than simply using someone else's words to explain a concept. Academic work requires that work informed by the work of others be properly cited to give credit to the original author. Plagiarism.org defines plagiarism as "the act of taking words, ideas, or information from others and presenting them as your own." The site, and others like it, explains to students that using research completed by another writer requires a notation to give credit to that writer for his or her work.

Why is plagiarism a bigger problem today than in the past?
Since it has...

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