Plagiarism is the “wrongful appropriation” and “stealing and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” and the representation of them as one’s own original work. (via Wiki)
The act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages therefrom, and passing the material off as one’s own creation.
Plagiarism is theft of another person’s writings or ideas. Generally, it occurs when someone steals expressions from another author’s composition and makes them appear to be his own work.
It has come to our attention mainly I, TheDarkestFallingStar, that several members of our – the fandom – community, including our very own Kittyinaz and BertieBott that someone has taken their work and claimed it as their own.
No matter it be a book, fanfiction, an image or even certain style, it is wrong. An Author, Artist and so on have put their soul into their work to give you something amazing, to share it with the world.
For someone, no matter if you are a fan of their work, to take that little bit of soul from them and claim it as your own it hurts deep down inside. Now, I can talk because I too have had work plagiarized and I know that soul crushing disappointment and it hinders my work. I find myself becoming less and less enthusiastic in my work and for that my followers suffer, my art suffers.
I assume that it is the same for all of you when this happens. I can also say that my friends feel the same way as well on top of the crippling anger that this has happened and mind you that anger is well placed.
Now, us girls here are a family, hell the whole fandom is a family and when one of us have a problem we all gather and help out because that’s what a family does, no matter how small or big the problem may be.
So here is the information I have gathered from Kittyinaz and BertieBot, but I BEG of you don’t go and abuse this person no matter how wrong it may be, just check if you see a story you know and then report it.
This writer on FanFiction.net
BellaEric27, has plagerised many stories from many of my fellow writers.
Every Dark Night Turns into Day by KittyInaz
Set My Soul Alight by BertieBott
A few of Dr Harleen Frances Quinzel’s works
And many more that I am unsure of, but please check the site to see if there is a story you know that is someone elses, report and so on.
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- Paraphrase– So you have found information that is perfect for your research paper. Read it and put it into your own words. Make sure that you do not copy verbatim more than two words in a row from the text you have found. If you do use more than two words together, you will have to use quotation marks. We will get into quoting properly soon.
- Cite– Citing is one of the effective ways to avoid plagiarism. Follow the document formatting guidelines (i.e. APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) used by your educational institution or the institution that issued the research request. This usually entails the addition of the author(s) and the date of the publication or similar information. Citing is really that simple. Not citing properly can constitute plagiarism.
- Quoting– When quoting a source, use the quote exactly the way it appears. No one wants to be misquoted. Most institutions of higher learning frown on “block quotes” or quotes of 40 words or more. A scholar should be able to effectively paraphrase most material. This process takes time, but the effort pays off! Quoting must be done correctly to avoid plagiarism allegations.
- Citing Quotes– Citing a quote can be different than citing paraphrased material. This practice usually involves the addition of a page number, or a paragraph number in the case of web content.
- Citing Your Own Material– If some of the material you are using for your research paper was used by you in your current class, a previous one, or anywhere else you must cite yourself. Treat the text the same as you would if someone else wrote it. It may sound odd, but using material you have used before is called self-plagiarism, and it is not acceptable.
- Referencing – One of the most important ways to avoid plagiarism is including a reference page or page of works cited at the end of your research paper. Again, this page must meet the document formatting guidelines used by your educational institution. This information is very specific and includes the author(s), date of publication, title, and source. Follow the directions for this page carefully. You will want to get the references right.