IntroductionLiterature has been the main source of knowledge and somewhat entertainment. The moment we wish to increase our knowledge or want to refresh ourselves we refer to some sort of literature and get entertained. Still sometimes such type of activity itself faces some, so to say, misuse, and thus it might be necessary to understand the problem and find solutions to the issue accordingly. Plagiarism has become one of such literary “misuses”, facing severe criticism all around the scientific world. The problem needs to be thoroughly investigated, and certain steps and measures should be taken accordingly. Before going further, firstly we will have to understand the meaning of this phenomena and after that take into consideration its causes and preventive measures.
The Definition of PlagiarismTrying to define “plagiarism”, one can definitely say that it simply means copying someone else’s ideas, or borrowing work of another individual. Still it is a deal more serious than just copying and borrowing. Plagiarism includes stealing and presenting ideas of another person as one’s own. It also includes the use of inventions, results of physical or mental activity of other people without giving them credits. Presenting somebody else’s existing idea or product as one’s own original one is also defined as “plagiarism”. (Plagiarism in the Digital Age Para 2 ).Putting shortly, stealing another person’s work and lying about it afterwards is Plagiarism. (Plagiarism in the Digital Age Para 3 ).
According to the US law,”recorded expression of original ideas is considered to be an intellectual property, and, thus, should be protected by copyright law. Any form of recorded expression fall under copyright protection.” (Plagiarism in the Digital Age Para 4 ).Plagiarism can be avoided simply by acknowledging that it is a borrowed idea, and in this case one should indicate the source the idea comes from. (Plagiarism in the Digital Ag.