Monday, September 6, 2010


I was looking through my college handbook the other day and they mentioned how they dont like plagiarism. For those who are a bit slow plagiarism is defined as ,"the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work." My opinion is this..what if you unknowingly write something that sounds similar to someone else? I always heard "great minds think alike", if thats so why are ppl viewed more as a thief than a great mind when they accidentally write something similar? Our founding fathers wrote the Declaration of independence in which they said that we have the right to ,"life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" what many dont know is that these ideas came from John Locke. Prior to the Declaration of Independence he wrote that humans are given natural rights that include "life, liberty and property"..Why arent our founding fathers looked at as plagiarist? They clearly used someone else's ideas as their own, and even used the first two in the exact same order?

*I know some people intentionally copy

1 comment:

  1. hey man, you got a good point bout writing too close to sources. as a student and as a kid who likes to write, its hard not to get so distracted by others,espically when the other work is really good and makes sense. my best advice, is to keep writing, go back, (if u have time), make sure what u wrote isn't too close to the source. if so, edit it, but don't look at the source. ive been warned too by my school, some teacher said to not evern look at the source when writing, so to not be distracted. it is hard. just have to be careful, good luck! - Steve