What is Plagiarism Really?

What is plagiarism? It is more than copying someone’s written work directly. It is using their ideas without a proper reference.

Liz Broomfield explains this beautifully in her article “On plagiarism,” where she states that plagiarism is really “passing other people’s work off as our own,” which includes things other than simply copying text.

This means that using ideas from a book, article, or a blog without citing (referencing) your source is plagiarism. Having someone write your work for you, Liz explains, is also plagiarism.

Confused about what plagiarism is or isn’t? Read Liz Broomfield’s complete article, “On plagiarism,” here, where she explains what plagiarism is and provides examples on what it includes.

The difference between content curation and plagiarism

We are used to information circulating on the web. Information may be taken from other sites but normally includes a reference and often a link back to the original source.

When your information is rewritten in a “fresh” article but there is no reference to you or your site, this practice crosses the line.

Daniel Sharkov, in his article “Content Curation, Plagiarism and the Difference Between the Two,” points out, “the umbrella of plagiarism actually extends beyond simple copying and pasting. For example, if you completely re-word another writer’s work, along with their sources and facts, and fail to attribute that knowledge to the source you found it from, that is also definitely considered plagiarism and is simply bad form.”

In addition, he warns, “Most websites will make an effort to cite others’ work, but sometimes shady tactics are used where the citation is so small it is unnoticeable, or the reproduction fails to include a link back.”

Curation, on the other hand, is selection of content from different sources compiled in one area with a common theme or particular slant. Curating involves transparency and contains references back to the original sources. That is the crucial difference. (See “Content Curation, Plagiarism and the Difference Between the Two” by Daniel Sharkov).

Thus, companies who hire writers to research and rephrase material on the web without citing their sources are, in effect, plagiarizing. The fact that they are re-wording the information is not enough. Without a reference, they are taking credit for the knowledge themselves.

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You may also be interested in “Who’s copying your web copy?” on the Find A Proofreader site, which includes the link to Copyscape, a free online plagiarism checker.

References:

On plagiarism” – by Liz Broomfield, LibroEditing.

Content Curation, Plagiarism and the Difference Between the Two” – by Daniel Sharkov, Reviewz ‘n’ Tips.

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3 Responses to What is Plagiarism Really?

  1. Thanks so much for blogging about my article – much appreciated!

    Best wishes

    Liz

  2. Pingback: Writing Tips: When to Adhere to the Rules and When to Break Them, and Why Should You Care, Anyway? | The Sirius Blog

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