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Combating Plagiarism – part 2

C. Note-taking of “borrowed” ideas Before putting your thoughts into words and before using the ideas of others in a paper, it is of much importance to know the details of all other sources. For instance, the internet links like the website from which you take some concepts in your paper, this should be found written along with other various references. You can also use other techniques to separate “borrowed” concepts from yours like highlighting them through colored pens (if you read it from printed media like books and newspapers) and (if it is from the internet or in soft copy) you can use different font styles and font colors o...

Combating plagiarism – part 1

There are times when you find it hard to properly cite you sources due to some uncertainties. One of which is being confused which ideas are originally yours and which are absolutely referred from others. This case occurs when one has somewhat similar ideas with a source. When you modify the phrases from a reference, does this still require proper citation? Ignorance of what to do when we encounter citation problems would probably lead to plagiarism. And to be able to avoid such, here are some relevant guidelines:A. Proper consultation with research instructors Teachers know best when it comes to the research paper they assign to ...

Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a case that is very difficult to defend, like the one that was made public in 2003. It was about a New York Times reporter who was suspected of having stolen and have made up stories almost brought down one of the world’s most famous newspaper. After Jayson Blair’s case was investigated and his career was unfolded, Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd resigned because of the embarrassment they and the Times have received. One should know that journalism, like education, is built on trust; the entire field faces a credibility crisis. There are times when even the experts don’t agree as to wha...

Aspects Writers Should Know about Plagiarism

Plagiarism has many forms. The most common and obvious definition of it is the copying of someone else’s thoughts or ideas and declaring it as one’s own work. But this is not just the main concept of plagiarism. Anything that is not the original ideas and thoughts of the writer when stated in a written discourse without proper referencing is considered as plagiarism. So when writing articles or other write-ups, writers should cite the sources to avoid plagiarism. Changing someone else’s words still does not qualify as an original thought. Paraphrasing can still be considered plagiarism if without proper citation. Direct quotes...

Anti-Plagiarism offline and online

With a lot of students plagiarizing, teachers and universities should be more aware on how plagiarism can be avoided. Here are some tips on anti-plagiarism 1. You should ask the students that the paper they will submit have specific traits. It should not be canned. Example, the sources and websites should be cited correctly and properly and that at least two of them should be not less than a year old, it should also have a discussion or self analysis by the student, have a survey or interview on the subject. 2. Ask the students to have a process step, if you do not want them to pass a downloaded or purchased paper over the net, ask ...

Anticipating and Avoiding Plagiarism

Why Prevent Plagiarism? Plagiarism cases increase fast and these call for an immediate solution which would effectively address the roots, the problem itself and the consequences. This is the result of the easy access to almost all information needed especially from the internet. If plagiarism is continuously tolerated, this would soon become an unstoppable habit of people, of students specifically. This is a threat to innovators. Thus, there is a great urge to directly give solutions to such critical issue. Prevention of plagiarism should be everybody’s concern for this affects not only the doer but also the innovator, and other pe...

All about Plagiarism

WebsterТs New World College Dictionary defines plagiarism as Уto take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one’s ownФ. With this definition, there arise many forms and kinds of plagiarism. One form of plagiarism is called cybercheating. This form of plagiarism can occur when one copies an entry from the internet and claiming it as oneТs own. This can also happen when one buys from an anonymous source in the web and claim it as an original work. Also, it can happen when a person downloads any form of information from the web and taking it as a personal output (“Cybercheating,” from the website of UMass Bost...

Advanced Information Technology and Plagiarism

Rampant Cases of Plagiarism Cases of plagiarism are rampant and are becoming uncontrollable. We can put the blame on the fast advancement of technologies. To be more specific, it is the internet technology which is now the most used medium to gather information. Not only that internet is very sophisticated but also, it is accessible to most. Decades ago, plagiarism only takes place when one copy ideas from instructional materials like books but now, it has become widespread as internet connection is almost available in every part of the world. The internet enables the people to access on almost all the needed information they want ...

A Common Writer’s Dilemma Part 2

Plagiarism has many faces. But there is a facet of this prohibited act that is taken for granted especially by the students. One of the common issues of plagiarism that students face while writing their school papers is citing the references. Recognizing the author of the information or argument stated in a discourse is a necessity. This is not just done to give credit to whom it is due, this is also done to create a sound argument. The act of citing the references will benefit the writer in the long process. In doing this, there are two citation formats that can either be used. These formats are the MLA and AP format and the ...

A Common Writer’s Dilemma Part 1

Plagiarism is a prohibited act. However, there are some people, both from the academe and the professional world, who cannot get rid from being caught or accused of plagiarism. Many writers are trying to avoid this but still find themselves caught or accused plagiarizing. Many colleges and universities are already imposing strict rules and regulations against this act because it is becoming pervasive especially among students who tend to just copy or buy someone elseТs work. The most common reason why most people are still trapped in committing plagiarism lies in the fact that there is a little knowledge about the forms and rules o...

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