Plagiarism, which is derived from Latin word “plagiarius” meaning theft or kidnapping (Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary [11thed.; 2003 print]), is a conscious deliberate action that consists of copying the whole work or its fragments and publishing under ones name or hiding its source. It is a form of cheating.
According to Merriam Webster online dictionary, “it is to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source” (Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, n.d.). It is important not to plagiarize when submitting work because it is not only unfair to the person whose idea being published but also affects ones own ignorance and incapability.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “to conceal ignorance is to increase it” (Gandhi, 1924). Therefore, hiding something we don’t know and steal or borrow knowledge without giving credit to the source is actually increasing our own ignorance. We can prevent plagiarism by giving credit to the people who we get ideas from and by avoiding writing something down and not putting in quotes or paraphrases.
Gandhi, M. (1924). Peace: The words and inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi. Boulder, Colo.: Blue Mountain Press published in 2007.
Plagiarize [Def 1]. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarize