Plagiarism in Academic Writing

Abubakar Mohammed Marzuq, Adam Mahama


Plagiarism is a serious violation of intellectual norms all over the world. It is a matter of concern to the Academic Fraternity in Ghana, as it stifles critical thinking and other benchmarks of scholarly quality. This Paper therefore analyses plagiarism in the context of broader understanding and avoidance. Linguistic and technical definitions of plagiarism, factors of plagiarism, types of plagiarism, and dangers of plagiarism constitute thematic areas of analysis. After examining related literature, the Paper concludes that plagiarism remains a major challenge to Academic Writing. For avoidance, a number of suggestions are offered. Key among these suggestions is proper citation. 

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