Edutainment – Bouteiller’s English Teaching in Hong Kong

What is plagiarism?
April 9, 2008, 11:35 am
Filed under: S.1A 2007-08, S.2CD 2007-08, School Annoucement

Many people think of plagiarism as copying another’s work, or borrowing someone else’s original ideas. But terms like “copying” and “borrowing” can disguise the seriousness of the offense:

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means

  1. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  2. to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  3. to commit literary theft
  4. to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.

But can words and ideas really be stolen?

According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).

All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else’s work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on “fair use” rules)

Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism. See our section on citation for more information on how to cite sources properly.

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Being a student of HTYC,

We can’t plagiarise!



6 Comments so far
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amm..when i copy it from the book, i really didn’t notice how serious that doing this action. I believe my friends don’t know this will be a crime and i’m sorry about my behavior and promise won’t do it the twice.

Comment by GLORIA.

I agree that. Plagiarise is a serious things. Of causes we are the student of H.T.Y.C, we can’t do this things. Other student very diligent to do the homework. It is very unfair.(it is my opinion only)

Comment by Amy

I think plagiarize is same as stealing other’s things.
People created some idea but you copied it,Ithink it is not respect to the creator.

Comment by Karina;)

i think plagiarize is a serious problem. i didn’t notice that before and sometimes copy others homework. I am very sorry.

Comment by Alvin

Good that you are aware of it now. 🙂

Comment by Nikki Bouteiller


A recent sample of plagiarim in Hong Kong:

Comment by Mr Bouteiller

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