By definition, the research we undertake to write an essay involves us in borrowing material in one form or another. So, before we pack away our notes, relieved that we’ve done most of the hard work, we need to remind ourselves that we have certain ethical responsibilities to meet. We have an obligation to acknowledge all those who have helped us by giving us material in the form of ideas, quotations, figures and anecdotes. Failure to do this will mean we have committed just about the worst form of academic dishonesty. To many students it seems strange to frown upon plagiarism when one of the central purposes of education is to get you to read, understand and then use in your own work the accumulated body of scholarship in your subject. But it is not so much using it that is the problem, but the way we use it. There are two main reasons why it is wrong to plagiarise. The first is ethical. We have a moral obligation to acknowledge anybody who has helped us, particularly when they have invested so much thought and care into their work, which we might otherwise have had to do ourselves.
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