Plagiarism is Unethical Code of Conduct
It is imperative for a scholarly-writer to avoid plagiarizing someone else’s words or work when writing papers. According to Walden University’s policy on plagiarism which is found within the Student Handbook in the Code of Conduct Section (2018), when you use someone’s else’s metaphor, words, quotes, etc., this is recognized as plagiarizing another’s intellectual property. Per the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (2012), it states that whether paraphrasing, quoting an author directly, or describing an idea that influenced your work, you must credit the source (p.170). The best method to avoid plagiarizing is simply to state exactly what the author said, the date the author said it, and cite the page number, chapter or location of work (Introduction to Scholarly Writing, 2018).
So in the comparative text whereas another student addressed in writing his/her thoughts on text that was written by an unknown author, it is evident that plagiarism had occurred (Another Student’s Paper, 2018). The student changes the sequence of the author’s words, and as a result, should have given the author credit (2018). Changing the words of another person leads to misquoting that individual which then leads to plagiarism. Noting that the student’s paper stated, “Information regarding the biomedical researchers incorporating strict rules of science into their work is examined by peer,” this formal research should have been cited (Another Student’s Paper, 2018). The mere fact that a peer examined work is evidence-based data and the source of information is needed to inform the reader. Also, in the last sentence, the student changed the sequence of the author’s words, but did give him credit for the statement. In this latter case, the author’s words should have been quoted exactly (2018).
The student could have cited the author’s quote as follows:
“According to Crossen, Doctors whose first allegiance is supposed to be to their patients, have traditionally stood between drug company researchers and trusting consumers. Although biomedical research incorporates rigorous scientific rules and is often critically scrutinized by peers, the information can nevertheless be warped—by ending a study because the results are disappointing; changing rules mid-study; not trying to publish negative results; publicizing preliminary results even with final and less positive results in hand; skimming over or even not acknowledging drawbacks; and, especially, casting the results in the best light or, as scientists say, buffing them (Crossen, 1994, 167-167).”
As a student also, it is clearly understood that plagiarism is a serious offense and a criminal penalty can be imposed. Consequently, I will state concisely and accurately the author’s points of view and be careful of self-plagiarism too, which refers to the practice of presenting one’s own previously published work as though it were new (American Psychological Association, 170). Also, I have recently learned that there is a host of plagiarism software available, some at cost and some free, to consider for assistance with avoiding plagiarism. Finally, when writing papers, short essays, publications, or even a proposal, it is a good tool of reference to maintain a journal of literature used; and to understand well the rule of properly citing sources. Certainly, it will be to my overall benefit to master citing sources the APA style which is a requirement for my program of study.
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Walden University (copyright 2018). Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Plagiarism and Academic Intelligence. Video. Laureate, Inc. Baltimore, MD.
Walden University. (copyright 2018). Student Handbook. Code of Conduct: Plagiarism. Laureate, Inc. Baltimore, MD.