It is good Netiquette to refrain from plagiarism. Do give credit to sources. Don't plagiarize.
Plagiarism is copying the writing of another. There are a vast number of academic papers available online for free. Services offer to write papers for students for payment. There are networks that trade academic works for submission.
Writing is necessary in online education because the Internet is text based. It teaches us to read, analyze, and write about a subject. It teaches us to create because writing original text is creation. The depth of understanding from person to person may vary for a given topic. It cannot be determined if writing is copied. Many schools use software to determine if assignments are plagiarized. Academia requires that creators of content be given due credit.
Don't copy because it cheats all who consume the content and the creator.
Published on May 16, 2015 | 0:29 Minutes | Science and Technology
An introduction to Online Class Netiquette. Keywords, graphics, and symbols.