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Plagiarism Is BAAAAD But What Is It?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/10/07


There’s the obvious dictionary definition of plagiarism.

pla⋅gia⋅rism
  /ˈpleɪdʒəˌrɪzəm, -dʒiəˌrɪz-/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [pley-juh-riz-uhm, -jee-uh-riz-] Show IPA
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–noun
1. the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.
2. something used and represented in this manner.

Then there are other forms of plagiarism, as I was instructed on during my time at the University of Phoenix online. The other forms of plagiarism refer to misuse of accurate quotes and false paraphrasing.

The misuse of an accurate quote example is when someone quotes a piece of someone else and correctly attributes it, but the quote does not fit the context or does not go far enough. The new author uses the quote to say or suggest the author of the original meant something different than the author of the original actually said. An example would be the New York Times providing a chunk of a letter from a (now departed) member of the military discussing his trepidations about going to Iraq for a third tour. The NYT used that piece of the member of the military’s personal letter to home to suggest the military didn’t want to be in Iraq. The NYT version of the letter cut off shortly before the man said he was eager to go, nonetheless. That portion of the letter would’ve been destructive to the NYT’s agenda. This was a case of NYT committing plagiarism, according to the University of Phoenix.

The false paraphrase with proper citation is another method of the above. When a person, like SEK, (look above and below this link) paraphrases someone else and that very paraphrase completely distorts that other person’s statement, that is also plagiarism, according to the University of Phoenix.

Understand, SEK is an author with a PhD and works his day job as a college professor. One of the very people who have the power to have you kicked out of college, someone who has actually written a book, is quite comfortable plagiarizing an attorney. So much for “quality” professors, eh?

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