Citing, Summarizing, and Plagiarism

When looking at research writing and how to properly use information to your advantage, it is sad to know that not as many people understand how to derive information from a source and utilize it without infringing on the original authors rights to the information they provided. What Krause provides us with in chapter three of “The Process of Research Writing”, is an understanding on how to properly use these FREE sources that we have while maintaining a legal and kosher position in relation to not only the author(s) of the information, but to the readers that will be viewing the content you organize and put together. 

Unfortunately, at the university level of writing, plagiarism is a mammoth issue; which is why we are reading about how to properly write research papers right now. However, as Krause describes in this particular chapter, a great number of people who are accused of plagiarism plead it to be accidental because many people think that if they got the information for free on the internet and it is not a “traditional method” then they do not need to cite their sources. They, in fact, could not be further from the truth. In a day and age where people can post copious amounts of information for free on the internet, instead of writing something for a publisher or editor and most likely having them turn it away, it doesn’t negate the fact that whoever published the information needs credit for the work that they put into providing you with the information you used.  

This misconception about sources and information which leads to “accidental plagiarism” can be severely cut down by simply having people read things such as Krause’s book, or at least things like chapter three, when they are much younger and not already at university level where they could have already supremely slipped up in ways pertaining to plagiarizing information. It also comes down to teachers at the elementary and high school level taking more initiative to understand the internet and how it pertains to modern research writing so they can save the ones they teach from potentially accidentally ruining their academic careers. 

Once that is accomplished, then the rest of what Krause mentions in the third chapter of “The Process of Research Writing” can be utilized. Things such as the importance of using quotes to agree or disagree with a specific point, or how to properly paraphrase someone’s work with the objective of going more in depth on the subject, or how to properly use the ever changing research writing formats, MLA and APA. These methods are all properly described in Krause’s passage, and should be distributed to every teacher and student at the high school level in order to have more effective writing completed as a whole at the collegiate level which as a result will improve the world’s ongoing quest to obtain and index more information.