Tips to Avoid Plagiarism
Everyone of is unique. Everyone has their own ideas and thoughts. But somehow we can’t help but quote other people when we want to emphasize a point. That is fine as long as we don’t forget to acknowledge the source. When we don’t acknowledge the source then we are plagiarizing.
What is plagiarism exactly?
Plagiarism is defined as an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/plagiarism) It is technically using the idea or thought of another person and claiming it as your own. Plagiarism is very rampant in the academe since some students are not even aware that they are doing it. They use it in their assignments without realizing that when they don’t cite their sources it means that they are claiming that everything that is read on their paper is their own idea. Teachers expect students to think on their own and do research to be able to come up with a sensible paper. There are several reasons why students resort to plagiarism. One reason might be because they lack the knowledge to properly research on their topic. When they don’t know how and what to research then they would most probably plagiarize to get the assignment done. Second, the reason why they plagiarize may be because they do not know how to properly paraphrase.
Paraphrasing is a basic skill which is taught in the elementary level. It is where you use the idea of another person but you re phrase it in a way that you do not copy exactly what he or she said. The thought is the same but it uses different words. This is very important because this is what one can use to be able to explain a certain topic. Plagiarism is never the answer. What has to be done is proper research and paraphrasing skills. When you have these two skills then plagiarizing will never become an option for you.
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