With the dawn of the internet it’s easier than ever to find the information you need in most research papers but it’s not always easy to make that information your own. Before writing your essay or paper carefully outline which ideas are yours and which have come from outside sources. To make that easier simply assign abbreviated names to each of the sources and them use them next to the ideas you use for each one, simple right?! Ensure you are editing your research papers carefully and make sure you double check for plagiarism before turning your paper in, use platforms like WriteCheck
which will highlight any similarities to other sources online and can also help with spelling and grammar too.
There are a few forms of plagiarism which can catch you out like:
– Taking another person’s ideas word for word without giving proper citation.
– Submitting your own previous work as part of a current assignment without permission.
– Quoting another’s work without quotation marks. This can also refer to replacing words in another’s work with synonyms while maintaining the same overall structure and meaning.
– Forgetting to cite sources, misquoting sources, or paraphrasing sources without giving credit where credit is due.
Here are some top tips to ensuring you don’t fall into the plagiarism trap:
Citing is one of the best ways to avoid plagiarism. Follow the document guidelines used by your uni and ensure you add the date of the publication and authors you used.
It’s OK to find information from another paper but you then have to put that information into your own words. If you use more than two words in a row from the paper you will have to use quotation marks to show that the information came from another source and is not your own idea.
When quoting a source ensure you use the quote exactly the way it appears, most uni’s don’t like the use of “block quotes” or quotes of 40 words or more so ensure you are paraphrasing as much as you can.
Make sure you are including a reference page number or page of works cited at the end of your research paper, again you must ensure that the page meets the document formatting guidelines your uni has given you. Make sure you are specific with the references and ensure you are including the authors details, the date of the publication, title and source. Follow this to a tee, you really want to get these references right.
Set yourself up for success by ensuring you leave yourself enough time to properly complete your papers and assignments, there can be some pretty serious consequences if you are caught plagiarising (even if it is unintended) so follow these steps, think outside the box and make your work original and inspiring!
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