Self-plagiarizing We live in a society with honesty and dishonesty. If a company wants to be successful, it must have social responsibility and balance between what’s right and what’s profitable. However, it is the same for a student. If a student wants to be successful in academic, he must balance what is right and what is wrong. People have been talking about plagiarism in academic. Plagiarism is defined as “the unauthorized use of the language and thought of another author and representing them as your own”. (6) It is true that many college students submit the same essay to several classes. It is the issue that people are discussing. Some people think that it is cheating when you submit the same essay to another class. Some people think that is acceptable. It is the difference between self-plagiarism and plagiarism. Self-plagiarism is “the reuse of significant, identical, or nearly identical portions of one's own work without acknowledging that one is doing so or without citing the original work”.( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page) Some people consider self-plagiarism as cheating. However, many evident shows that self-plagiarism is not cheating. For example, even though you submit the same essay more than one time, it is still your own work. You don’t steal anything from anyone. Many colleges have no rule for this. Presenting the same paper more than one time is order to get more useful feedbacks. Presenting the same paper is the way that students can find commonalities between unrelated intellectual disciplines; therefore, submitting the same essay to another class is not cheating. As long as there is no rule for self-plagiarism, it is acceptable to present the same paper. Different colleges have different rules for cheating. For example, there is a statement about integrity from Miami University, which is “submitting the identical or substantially the same...
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