Preventing Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty
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All writers use words and concepts from outside sources. For example, authors often repurpose plot designs read in another book. Research and academic writing is similar in that they often heavily utilize existing writing on the topic that they are researching.
The importance of citing the sources where words and ideas were borrowed from is a significant difference between academic writing and other genres of writing. No one demands a poet to cite the origin of his or her words and metaphors. However, in academic writing, it is imperative that the author unmistakably recognizes the source of words and concepts.
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