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Plagiarism: Know Your Limits



Plagiarism: Know Your Limits
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.09

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     challenging words:    prewriting, time-time, plagiarism, reassigned, pasting, violation, plagiarize, expulsion, shortcuts, arouse, scheme, presenting, finding, reading, compose, dishonesty
     content words:    Purdue Online Writing Lab, Wisconsin English


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Plagiarism: Know Your Limits
By Cindy Campbell
  

1     You are in a hurry. Your parents are in a hurry. The world is in a hurry. In cars, how do we get where we want to go in a hurry? Shortcuts? Leaving early? Speeding? Good grief! Speeding? Are you guilty of trying to save time by speeding? You know the consequences of being caught. It may cost well over one hundred dollars to pay a speeding ticket. It could result in an accident where you or someone else is seriously hurt or maybe even killed. In driver training classes you learn about abiding by traffic rules and what can happen if you don't.
 
2     Have you ever thought of your school assignments in the same way as you may think of driving? Do you hurry with your school work? Have you found ways to avoid homework, speed up the homework process, or take shortcuts? Do you just try to "get by" with homework, especially writing assignments? Good writing can take time—time to plan, time to research, time to compose, revise, and edit. One shortcut students may resort to is copying someone else's writing—that's a timesaver, now, isn't it? Do you realize that there is a law against copying or plagiarism, just as there is a law against speeding? You need to learn about abiding by the rules of copyrights and what can happen if you don't.
 
3     According to dictionary.com, plagiarism is using a portion or piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and presenting it as your own work. The Internet has made the practice of pirating the writing of others very simple. There seems to be no limit to the amount of material on the web that you can cut and paste onto your own Word document. In no time flat, you can have any writing assignment imaginable with only a few minutes invested in your work.

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