Plagiarism is an act that is not accepted in the academic world. It is defined as an act of stealing not the tangibles but rather the intangibles. Anything that is not considered as general information and not your original work should be cited whenever writing an academic paper which is why basic knowledge of citation styles is necessary in the academic world. The most commonly used citation styles are APA and MLA but professors sometimes require other citation styles such as Harvard, Oxford, Chicago, Vancouver, etc.
Colleges and universities are now focused on detecting plagiarism among their students. The easiest way of detecting plagiarism would be through the use of plagiarism detection software such as Turitnin and MyDropBox. Plagiarism reports which indicate that plagiarism exist using such software is not always accurate since the software only detects similar content from different sources available on the Internet. A direct quotation from a scientific journal available online even if it is properly cited would translate to plagiarism with the plagiarism detection software. The use of such software should only be an initial step in detecting plagiarism. After the software submits a plagiarism report, it is up to the academicians to identify if the plagiarism detected by the software is indeed plagiarism.
Plagiarism is against ethical writing practices because it is an act of theft and it violates another person's intellectual property rights. Any person who commits plagiarism may be sued for copyright infringement. The best way to avoid plagiarism is making use of citation styles whenever information is to be taken from a source. Students usually copy and paste from other sources if they do not have enough time to work on a paper which can otherwise be prevented by hiring writer services.
Writing services also make use of such software to ensure that the papers delivered to the clients are free from any form of plagiarism. Aside from providing high-quality and plagiarism free papers, the clients will be assured that they will receive good grades when they submit their papers.