Plagiarism can be defined as an act of using other authors` ideas and thoughts as yours without giving credit. However, plagiarism can be deliberate or accidental. In terms of plagiarism being accidental, it can be prevented if one can practice work practices carefully (Turabian, 1996). It is academically considered a serious violation. Some examples of plagiarism are idea plagiarism where a scholar confuses an author`s thoughts from that of the public, word change plagiarism where you play around with the words, reproduction plagiarism where words are copy pasted, symbol plagiarism where metaphors are used to create a clearer idea and style plagiarism where it involves copying of author`s way of thinking.
From Rutgers University video (n.d), there are various consequences of plagiarism which can be moral, private, legal or professional. In cases of academic plagiarism the scholar may fail in terms of grades which can cause a bad reputation and even lead to expulsion in cases where the scholar has plagiarized repeatedly which destroys the career of the scholar. It can also cause the disqualification of a student from joining a college by cancellation since a lot of institutions police students through their integrity boards. Other consequences apart from academic ones include destruction of professional status. This makes it difficult for a person to find a decent employment or make any significant career not possible. Plagiarism can also case financial losses if a plagiarist can be sued.
Plagiarism has serious consequences as discussed above and it can especially be very fatal if it happens in a medical research since it could engage people losing their lives. There is no protection for anyone involved in plagiarism. It is always advisable to learn what plagiarism is, its constitutions and ways of evading it (Turabian, 1996). Otherwise, one might find themselves in the hands of the law makers for being a criminal of Plagiarism.
Rutgers University. What is Plagiarism? Retrieved From, http://library.camden.rutgers.edu/EducationalModule/Plagiarism/
Turabian K L, (1996). A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.