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Plagiarism in general is when you use someone elses ideas without giving them credit There are different types or levels of plagiarism If a source is copied exactly it is called word-for-word plagiarism If the idea is still there but the words have been rearranged or slightly changed it is called paraphrase plagiarism When only a few keywords are used but the idea remains the same it is called spot plagiarism Sebranek Meyer and Kemper 179 At Miami University if someone is accused of plagiarism the consequences range from failing the particular assignment to failing the class suspension and dismissal from the university wwwsbamuohioedu I would assume that how bad the person plagiarized decides the punishment Really the only way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your work During my conversation with a third year Western major named Brendan McGill we decided that it is possible for someone to be accused of plagiarism in pretty much any circumstance He pointed out that the rules of plagiarism make it virtually impossible to take credit for original thought Almost anything that is said or written has probably had been said before and if it has not it is probably close enough to something else to be considered plagiarism The rules of plagiarism are just too unspecific If I were to write a paper for Hays Cummins for Natural Systems he would post it on the Internet The paper automatically becomes property of the school If I were to come back later and use a quote from my paper I could be accused of plagiarism if I did not cite my own quote I can be charged with plagiarism against myself Thats ridiculous I do not mean to mislead anyone I do think that the idea of plagiarism is bad but the rules are too strict I would not want anyone copying my writing and claiming it was their own but I dont want someone that has the
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