How are we not supposed to plagiarize in school when everything they have us do gets different rules each year? I know I might be a little bit nit picky but MLA has changed at least 4 times if not more just in my 4 years of high school and going into my fourth year of college! Writing a web citation in MLA went from including any information that could possibly exist on the page down to the original website and the article (from reading my notes you people looking for a citation now!) I agree that Citing sources is important and these sources might change over time but if there is a standard set in one class and the next class is supposed to use this standard they have to reteach it completely. I took all of my high school english classes and my teacher in College also taught us how to do correct citations for the web because they change every school year!
I’m not saying that plagiarism is not bad, it is absolutely no good for anyone to plagiarize peoples work; but does it really need to be so hard to give credit to another piece? All I am asking for is some basic rules that will not change yearly and allow us to work without worrying if we are using the latest citation type.