By: Piatra Marani
As college students, the consequences of plagiarism are drilled into our heads – especially those of us studying Communications. And the repercussions only get worse when bad decisions enter the workplace. Being an author caught plagiarizing is essentially career suicide. It turns out, that the plethora of information at our fingertips has introduced a different kind of issue we need to be aware of:
As people who either grew up in the digital age or were tossed into it and told “sink or swim,” new challenges have become evident. According to an article in the New York Times on August 1, 2010, the digital age has established different mind-sets for students (and future writers) than may have been present before. The article explains that the Internet has influenced the way young people who grew up with “music file-sharing, Wikipedia and Web-linking — understand the concept of authorship and the singularity of any text or image (Gabriel, NYT).” It does seem like the world is at our fingertips with the Internet, and often websites do not contain authors’ names or copyright information, but this is where bad habits can get us into trouble. It is important that writers, whether they’re writing term-papers or novels, accurately cite their sources of information. See some of the links below to learn how to correctly site information that may be a little beyond “traditional media.” Not giving someone the credit they deserve for their work is definitely not worth destroying an education or a career.
Here are some websites I found to help with source citations and to avoid plagiarizing: