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What is Plagiarism?
Insincerity in academic circles is a common feature. However, there is no consensus among the academics as to the reasons that induce literary piracy in the academic field. It is realized that easy access to online information has greatly spurred plagiarism and with the inception of World Wide Web (WWW), plagiarism has received a further boost.

In view of the information becoming easily accessible through the use of internet, students often resort to lifting texts as such from various sources and assembling their study reports or assignments as their own and claiming these to be original. Earlier, students copying from books had to hand-write the relevant matter, but these days with the help of internet, they just cut and paste the pertinent matter and construct a study report without expending much time.

Since there is immense volume of literature available on the internet, it is rather difficult for the teacher to identify the sources from where the student would have pirated the text. In fact, it can be said that internet has become the receptacle of plagiarism. The unprecedented increase in the number of publications has made it all the more difficult for the teaching staff to detect the original sources.

Google research engine, however, provides an effective means of detecting literary piracy on the internet, though academics admit that it is the internet that is responsible for giving much boost to plagiarism. Plagiarism in the hands of students assumes many forms, such as lifting the text or ideas of others verbatim from sources like periodicals, newspapers, books, internet, and reports of fellow students. Piracy of literary material through the deployment of internet is among the most common means of this practice.

Though plagiarism is a form of cheating, yet the students hardly realize its implications and do not think it to be a wrong approach. Plagiarism is generally used intentionally and students purchase ready-to-submit papers or approach a professional catering in pirated contents.

They also lift substantial portions of material from various sources without acknowledging the source as such. Plagiarism is unintentional when a student fails to properly cite the source or when he constructs his description that is very close to the original. The impact of plagiarism extends much beyond the classroom deliberations and casts a negative shadow on the process of learning itself.

Though plagiarism is not taken as an offence, yet it is considered as an unethical practice. Within the academic circles, plagiarism by any person student, teacher, or a researcher amounts to insincerity and cheating and the involved person could face condemnation or even expulsion.