The theft of intellectual property is not just a modern phenomenon. However, the digital age had given the problem of plagiarism a new dimension.
In a matter of seconds, you can find information on any subject on the internet. Such information makes it tempting for writers to just copy and paste text from sources they find on search engines such as Google or Yahoo. Particularly websites like Wikipedia include a great deal of information that is easily attainable to anyone.
Plagiarizing does not necessarily result from intention, but often from ignorance. For this reason, it is particularly important to point out correct citation methods and to explain the consequences of plagiarism.