Plagiarism: How Can you Steer Clear From It
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Plagiarism: How Can you Steer Clear From It

When one does research, when one needs to use the world wide web to come up with materials to use as back up to the topic that is at hand…all these are possible instances when an individual could, inadvertently commit plagiarism.

Once you know the rules and what not to do, you can be a more cautious writer, who uses different types of tools and materials, but who is able to pass a work that is original and unique.

Terms that you could use to make sure that the original writer is given acknowledgement and is written in your bibliography with the right form of recognition, then plagiarism is avoided.

The internet is, currently, the best and widest source of material for any type of work. Any search engine, as long as you know how to use it, work it, and get the most out of it, will you be able to submit a work that is outstanding.

One way to make sure you do not plagiarize is doing the copy and paste technique. Make sure your data is complete when you do this method. As soon as you copy the material you need, make sure the website is copied, that is, the url address and other important information that you need to include in your work.

Should you go for the traditional type of research, making use of books, magazines, journals, and the like, it is always suggested and highly recommended for the researcher to include all information together with the intended composition that would be used in one’s material. As long as you acknowledge and grant the original writer’s name as the owner to own that part of your work, you are not committing any plagiarism. Since you are using the traditional type of research materials, include page numbers, chapter and book title, or magazine article number.

Tackling the traditional or old-fashioned manner of research and investigation, one can also make use of index cards. Not only does this show methodical research, but you show a disciplined and orderly way of arranging your research materials.

Should you do paraphrasing, this is still using the original writer’s ideas and thoughts. All you are doing is re-phrasing it, using another set of words, but ultimately, the exact same idea. So make sure you give credit, where credit is due.

Citation, bibliographies…these are but a few of the parts your material uses that should be giving acknowledgement, recognition and appreciation to the materials you have used in your work, that would, eventually, acquire a grade or rating from your professor.

Coming to the point in this article, plagiarism is something that each writer should be wary of, anxious on, or simply be scared of accomplishing.

It takes guts, brains and will power to use what you have. It may take time to get the best results when you’re starting out, especially when you are not one who is quite good at expressing one’s thoughts to words. Reading numerous examples to give you an “idea”, remember, only to get ideas, and not to be used as a ‘copy’, should help you out. Getting other people’s thoughts and feedback on how to make your work more of a representation of ‘yourself’, is yet, another excellent way to show your capability and competence.

After all, the fruits of all your hard work would still be reaped by…you.
Melissa Anderson
Born in Greenville, North Carolina. Studied Commerce at Pitt Community College. Volunteer in various international projects aimed at environmental protection.
Former Customer Service Manager at OpenTeam | Former Company secretary at Chicago Digital Post | PlagiarismSearch Communications Manager
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