Students on the other hand prepare assignments with the help of illegal channels. According to a study conducted among American High school students in 1998, “83% of the students found to be actively engaged in cheating activities and 67% had copied someone’s home work” (Foss& Lathrop, p.3). This paper briefly analyses various dimensions of plagiarism.
We are living in a world of shortcuts. The generations in the past were ready to do hard work. On the other hand current generation and the upcoming generation are not much interested in doing hard work for learning something. For many students, earning an academic qualification at any cost is the major objective of education rather than learning. The development of technologies such as internet helped them a lot in passing academic examinations without much hard works. It should be noted that internet is an ocean of knowledge. Moreover, it helps students to get their assignments done through others. When such shortcuts are readily available to them, many students use it to avoid the agony of self-preparing difficult assignments. Roberts (2007) mentioned that “lack of research skills and writing skills, problems in evaluating internet sources, confusion about how to cite sources, pressure, poor time management and organizational skills, cultural factors etc are the major reasons for the students’ habit of plagiarism” (Roberts, p.2).
It should be noted that it is difficult for the students to prepare academic papers without using the ideas of others. However, while using the ideas of others, it is necessary to acknowledge it. When a student deliberately uses the ideas of others without giving credit to them, it can be labelled as intentional plagiarism. On the other hand “Unintentional Plagiarism occurs when students use the words or ideas of others but fail to quote or give credit, perhaps because they dont know how” (Intentional and unintentional