This can be due to not being aware of what is common knowledge and not knowing the range of works that must be cited, such as diagrams, charts, pictures, and other visual works (“Is It Plagiarism Yet?”). An example is when students think that a statement is common knowledge, when it is not because it is debatable or contestable (“Is It Plagiarism Yet?”). They engage in accidental plagiarism because they do not intend to copy any work and do not have the explicit will to make it look like they originally own it.
Plagiarism is not worth the risk of being caught because it can lead to failed grades and even suspension. At the same time, it can impact the students’ credibility, especially his/her academic standing. It can ruin their image to academic institutions and the public. To prevent plagiarism, it is essential to know proper citation styles and to be sure to clarify when something belongs to other people’s works and when something belongs to one’s own ideas and