Discussion Week 12

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

I do not believe that my concept definitions were relied on from random sites as well as Wikipedia but I did make the mistake on not citing where I received my information that I paraphrased. So technically I “did” plagiarize but unknowingly. The major factor that I know for a fact I plagiarized was the pictures that I used in my posts. I apologize for not doing so and I know now that I MUST always site where I get my pictures along with videos that I use. I was even told that people have been kicked out of classes or failed a project due to the fact that they did not cite where they found their pictures. It is better to shape up now, then not at all.

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Discussion Question #12

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

By: Marina Eggen

Up to this point I have only gone online to help me with my concept definitions twice.  The other definitions I used the book to aid me in my answer.  I can’t speak for everyone in the class but I frequently find all the information I need to write a good definition from the chapters in our textbook.  However, the most recent definition I wrote I relied heavily on the Internet.  I have never used Wikipedia for my definitions, but I did use other Internet sources.  I do not believe that using these sources as a reference is plagiarism.  As long as you are not copying the site word for word and claiming it is your own, I don’t think its plagiarism.  I do not know these concepts off the top of my head, so I need to go searching for the answer each week.  Sometimes that involves looking them up online, which (in my opinion) is the easiest way to find the answer.  All of these concepts come from some other place, and as long as we are not copying that other source word for word I don’t think its plagiarism.

Discussion Week 12

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

By Austin M.

When completing the concept definitions for our class I would look online and in the book for different ideas, and suggestions, but I always try to word it the best I can in my own words. I always feel bad when I have to use a few of the source’s words in a consecutive manner because if I re-worded the phrase the meaning would be lost in translation. Plagiarism is when you take someone’s words, pictures, ideas, etc. and do not give them credit for the information. If I were to take a quote that a college professor said and label them as if they were my words, than plagiarism has occurred. You can still use someone’s work word for word in your own work but the catch is that you have to specifically clarify that that is not of your own work but borrowed from someone else. I try not to plagiarize but after coming to college I found out that I plagiarize when posting pictures from others and not citing where I got them. When it comes to the concepts, I believe I tried my best not to plagiarize but to use my own words to express the same idea that I was learning from them. I always try to keep in mind not to plagiarize. It can really back fire too in terms of legal action and school action. I remember my teachers telling us that they know of websites where they can put words from our paper into a search and check to make sure we did not plagiarize. The skill of interpretation is really nice to have when you can decode someone’s message and encode it into a message all of your own to portray to a different audience. This way you can avoid plagiarism and define things in your own words to the audience.

Discussion Week 12

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

By: Shelby Schroeder

Generally I try to first read about my concept in the book, and then use online sources to help better explain my opinion of a topic.  I really like using things like Wikipedia because I feel like they can explain things in a more easily understandable way, however I don’t like to steal their definitions.  I think if you are taking your definition straight from Wikipedia then yes, I think it is plagiarism despite the fact that they aren’t protected by copyright law.  I think that you shouldn’t ever steal someone’s work, you should attempt to be as original in your definitions as possible, you will learn better by trying to teach it and coming up with a creative definition.

Discussion Week 12

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

By Jimmy Lavorato

Personally, in my concepts and definitions, I try to be as original as possible- conveying my own point of view and ideas. If there is a certain term or idea that I am unfamiliar with, I will search it to get a rough description of what it is. I see plagiarism as a word for word duplication of someone else’s work. It’s okay to cite a source, analyze that definition and then interpret the information using your own words and ideas. The information has to come from somewhere, it needs to be credited as to preserve the originality of the statement that follows it.