Plagiarism is stealing the words, ideas, and concepts from someone else's work in verbatim without crediting the source. Plagiarism is viewed as an academic dishonesty and a breach of the journalistic code. Plagiarised content is susceptible to punishments like suspension, penalty, and expulsion. Plagiarism is not a crime in itself but it can lead to the infringement of copyright, which is a serious offence and punishable by law; it could cost the plagiariser between $200 to $ 150,000. Not only the content but using an image or video in any work without using proper citation also counts as plagiarism. The idea and the rules regarding plagiarism are still very complicated and unclear. Some of the practices that are considered plagiarism are - providing a false source of the quotation, the omission of quotation mark where the quotation mark needs to be present, submitting someone else's work or taking the credit for it, and copying a lot of words or ideas to the point that it constitutes the whole work etc. Submitting your own previous work without mentioning the citation is also considered as plagiarism. There are many tools available online to check plagiarism but these softwares are not impossible to breach.
Students commit unwanted and unintentional mistakes by directly copying or stealing words from various sources. These mistakes can lead to adverse effects on the student's life.