The beauty of being a Gen Z or a Millennial is having computers in school. When you have a good, sturdy PC (you have to make sure you pick the right one) information is at your fingertips with the only flipside being plagiarism. It’s very much unethical as it promotes:
Idea looting: It leads to a violation of the student conduct code as you essentially steal someone’s ideas and work.
Peer Disrespect: If you tend to copy another student’s homework, without consent you may expose them to the risk of sharing answers with you. The teacher will have no idea about whose work originally it was and even if the truth comes out, and the other student is cleared, your reputation as a cheater may circulate in school!
It takes away the purpose of studying: The point of writing papers and assessments in school is so that you develop the quality of critical thinking and logical reasoning. If you plagiarize, you nullify this educational objective.
How can you avoid Plagiarism using a PC?
Perceive the intended meaning: Try to understand the context and blindly do not copy-paste information you find from sources such as Wikipedia and Google Scholar. Instead, you should re-frame it in your own words to avoid plagiarism.
Quote it: Use quotes to indicate that the text has been taken from another source. The quotes need to be the exact way it appears from where you’ve taken it.
Cite correctly: Any word or ideas that are taken directly from a source needs to be cited. The conclusion you gathered after performing the test should not be cited. Also, facts or common knowledge need not be cited.
Note: Make Ctrl+Shift+Plus is your go-to shortcut
Reference: One of the most important ways to avoid plagiarism is by giving a reference. Use a reference page or page of works cited at the end of your assignment.
PC resources that will help you from plagiarism are:
It might be a bit difficult at the start but once you adopt the habit of avoiding plagiarism it will help you being a super productive student. Therefore, say no to plagiarism and yes to originality!
Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.