• Stefanos Karampalis

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

Introduction;

Words and ideas are considered as the property of any person so other people should not use this property without permission. Whether you are writing for a blog on the internet or writing an academic research paper, plagiarism is considered as dishonesty so every person should try to understand the concept of avoiding plagiarism. Sometimes people do it intentionally.


However, there is a large group of people who have to suffer because of the plagiarism problem. So, in this article, we will discuss what actually the plagiarism is and what are its important types and how you can avoid plagiarism. So let’s find out, what is actually plagiarism?


What is plagiarism?

According to the Oxford University /www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/guidance/skills/plagiarism, plagiarism means that a person is presenting ideas or other’s work with or without consent. Whenever a person tries to use to a concept as its own without proper acknowledgement this will be plagiarism. Plagiarism is not acceptable in any form of writing and in some cases it is considered even a crime. To avoid plagiarism it is a must to know the reasons and forms of plagiarism;


Reason of plagiarism;

  • Laziness

  • Lack of knowledge

  • Accidental

  • The belief that no one will try to find out plagiarism

  • To get good grades


Now let’s find out the forms of plagiarism and how to avoid it;


Verbatim;

Whenever a person does not use the quotation marks properly then the form of plagiarism will be verbatim plagiarism. So to avoid this plagiarism a person should learn the proper quotation mark usage so it will be clear to the audience which person’s original ideas are.


Cut, Copy, Paste;

Sometimes some people simply use this method and do not even bother to give proper acknowledgement to actual source so this not acceptable in almost any field. It is important to cite the original source properly, whether you are using hyperlinks to mention that source or mention that in bibliography. This will save you from the consequences of plagiarism.


Inappropriate paraphrasing;

Sometimes people just paraphrase other’s work and claim the work as their own so this is also a form of plagiarism. Proper paraphrasing techniques should be used with proper acknowledgment of the original source to avoid this type of plagiarism.


Incorrect citations;

Sometimes it happens that a person uses incorrect references to prove their argument. This is also a form of plagiarism. Sometimes due to the lack of access to primary resources, people cite incorrect citations so a person should clearly mention in its work that they got this idea from a secondary source to avoid plagiarism.


Self-plagiarism;

Sometimes people try to use the previously published researches to make them public as new. This is also a form of plagiarism so a person should use correct citation as well to avoid plagiarism.


Use plagiarism checking tools to avoid plagiarism;

There are different paid as well as free plagiarism checking platforms available on the internet so use them and publish a work that is 100% original and unique.


Conclusion;

In this article, we have learned what actually plagiarism is, and which are the different forms of plagiarism. By discussing the forms of plagiarism and their solutions reader will be able to avoid plagiarism in their work.


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