When we talk about plagiarism we usually refer to people using somebody elses work as their own. Imagine someone using your picture in a magazine and not only not crediting you, but passing the picture as his own. The same happens with music, books, articles and so on.
What drives someone to be a plagiarist? Lack of time, of self-esteem… imagination.
Truth is never too simple, and less when we deal with plagiarism in the academic field. For instance we have seen politicians having to resign after found evidence of plagiarims in their PH thesis. What is different, special in academic plagiarims that deliver such consequences so long in time. OnlineUniversities.com has writen a very clarifying article about plagiarism. This article we highly recommend to take a look at will tell you about the blurred lines of academic plagiarism and will show you that far from just a few types of plagiarism, there are plenty, and sometimes students, and researches, do not even notice them.
This is plagiarism. It is not a new concept. People have passed the work of others off as their own, for centuries. The ease with which people can plagiarize today, however, is new. As technology reshapes learning, and more degree programs become available online, plagiarizers are finding new ways to not do their work. A study done by iParadigms, and reported by Marc Parry in The Chronicle of Higher Education, shows that high school and college students do most of their plagiarizing through social media and sharing sites, such as Facebook and Wikipedia.