Plagiarism is one of the challenges facing students. However, simple it maysoundit is difficult to avoid. Many students languishing in the quagmire of laziness are the main culprits. It is anunethicalact of using the ideas orcreativityof other people with apretencethat it is thewriter’soriginalwork. It is avicewith total disregard of basic educational tenets. A plagiarized work willreflectwronginformation about the writer. Therefore, it should not be tolerated in any way. Instead, all relevant authorities mustcondemnit with all the vigor it deserves.
According to Diana Hacker in The Bedford Handbook, 8th edition, notes that, “Three different acts are considered plagiarism: (1) failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas, (2) failing to enclose borrowed language in quotation marks and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own words” (Hacker, 51-1, 56-3). If a student commits plagiarism by doing any of these acts postulated by Diana Hacker, thensternconsequences should follow. However, plagiarism can be avoided throughappropriatecitation of original works.