The common definition of plagiarism is the unauthorized use of other persons' written or artistic material without attribution, whether this use is intentional or through carelessness. Plagiarism is seen as a form of stealing, where the perpetrator gains credit—whether authorship, an enhanced reputation, or material benefits—from a contribution when the work came from the productivity of others who are not given proper credit. In addition to the main text, plagiarized work could include footnotes and citations—any material from sources that are not made known and for which one is seeking credit.

Although plagiarism has been obvious in education and the arts for millennia, it takes on added interest in the Internet-focused forms of education. Members of the educational institution have the ability to connect to Web ...

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