RESPONSE TO SUSPECTED UNFAIR PRACTICE 4
Responseto Suspected Unfair Practice
Responseto Suspected Unfair Practice
Theimportance of academics or formal education cannot be understated asfar as the progress of humanity in the short-term and the long-termis concerned. In the contemporary society, formal education is deemedto be immensely important particularly given the fact that it has abearing on the quality of life that a person eventually leads.Volumes of research have indicated that there exists a positiverelationship between the level of education and the quality of lifean individual leads. At the heart of the academic journey of anyperson are volumes of research projects that one is supposed to clearat a particular time and within a given period. This usually involvesundertaking research on a particular topic usually provide by thetutor and composing a paper on the same. Given that outside resourceshave to be used, it is always imperative that one cites the sourceswhere the information is derived. This is in line with the need toeliminate the possibility of unfair academic practice in the form ofplagiarism, where a person derives information from a particularsource but fails to give credit to the original author.
Whilethis appears to be the case for the previous research work, it isimperative that one takes into consideration varied factors. First,it should be acknowledged that the project required that oneundertakes research from credible sources and cite them so as toavert the possibility of plagiarism. However, the paper revolvedaround a considerably common question, in which case there was thelikelihood that other people have tackled it in the past either as apart of their academic discourse, in the internet or even as acomponent of the their literary works. This means that there isalways the likelihood that there will be similarity between the paperthat one writes today and those written in the past. In my researchexperience, there is bound to be numerous literary works that havethe same idea but use different words albeit in the same arrangement.
Onthe same note, it is acknowledged that the paper in question did notbear a word-for-word similarity rather it “appeared” to have beenparaphrased from the alleged source. It would be difficult to allegethat a particular source was the only one used given the similaritybetween varied sources with regard to the information that isprovided.
Similarly,there is a high chance that the sources that were used in the earlierpaper were the same ones or even bore similarities with the ones thatwere used in the research in question. This means that it was highlylikely that the information that was incorporated in the researchpaper bore similarities with the information incorporated in numerousother books and literary works written earlier. It is wellacknowledged that the research paper that I wrote incorporated morethan ten sources, well referenced in the paper. A careful crossreferencing of these literary works would reveal that they bear theinformation cited. Unfortunately, these books are used by numerouspeople in their research projects, in which case there will always bechances of similarities of ideas even when there are variations inthe words and concepts used. Of particular note is the fact thatplagiarism comes into play when an individual uses information from aparticular source but fails to give credit to the original creatorsof those literary works. The paper that was submitted incorporatedthe references that were used in the research, in which case it gavedue credit to the original authors.
Ofcourse, there is a chance that I may have come across the literarywork in question and probably even used it as a basis for myresearch. However, I have the tendency to use such works not as theprimary sources of information but also as a way of determining theappropriate literary works that would be relevant to the topic whoseresearch I am undertaking. This is the only way I can obtainextensive knowledge on the topic at hand and even render credence tothe information that is incorporated in the said literary work. Ofcourse, I am under no obligation to use the sources that are usedtherein, particularly considering that there is always the likelihoodthat other authors and researchers have written on the same topic ina clearer and even more apt way. This explains the deficiency ofsimilarities between the sources incorporated in the said paper andthe research paper that I composed.
Inconclusion, I perfectly understand the implications of unfairacademic practice not only to the alleged culprit but also to theoriginal creators of the literary works. However, the mostappropriate way of averting the possibility of plagiarism is thecitation of the information and giving due credit to the originalauthors, which has been done in the research paper.