Definition and Application of Intentional and Unintentional Plagiarism

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Definition and Application of Intentional and Unintentional Plagiarism

James Masopust

University of Phoenix (Online) MGT 344 Organizational Behavior and Ethical Responsibility

Facilitator: Stewart Stanfield

May 5, 2008

“Plagiarism is the deliberate attempt to deceive the reader through the appropriation and representation as one's own the work and words of others. Academic plagiarism occurs when a writer repeatedly uses more than four words from a printed source without the use of quotation marks and a precise reference to the original source in a work presented as the author's own research and scholarship. Continuous paraphrasing without serious interaction with another person's views, by way or argument or the addition of new material land insights, is a form of plagiarism in academic work.” Quotes of 40 or more words should be blocked (Mallon, T. 1989) (Mallon, 1989, p. ? or para. ?) As I mentioned in previous feedback, all quotes must include a page number or paragraph number if the page number is not listed. Failure to list the page number or paragraph is considered a form of plagiarism. In short, plagiarism does not only mean using someone else’s words or work and claiming them as your own. It is also plagiarism when credit is given to the originator of the material but in an incorrect or incomplete manner. There are many different “types of plagiarism; straight plagiarism, plagiarism citing the original author but without adequate quotation marks or references, simple plagiarism using a footnote, Complex plagiarism using a footnote, plagiarism with hanging quotations, paraphrasing as plagiarism” (Mallon, T. 1989) Statistics on the plagiarism are quite frightening; “66% of 16,000 students from 31 prestigious U.S. universities have cheated at least once, says 1991 Rutgers University study. 12% of those reported themselves as regular...