Plagiarism is a serious offense, it can cause you to fail an assignment or even a course. Most instructors have very strict consequences for plagiarism and it is easier than ever to identify plagiarism using search tools designed specifically for teachers.
Unfortunately, it can be easy to plagiarize. It is tempting to copy a simple phrase, or even accidentally copy a statement you read while doing your research. Here are a 3 ways to avoid plagiarism.
1) Simple Notes
YourTutor suggests taking very simple notes. Simplify facts, statements and concepts found in other sources down to bullet points. When you go back to do your writing you will have to craft your own sentences using the research, rather than using copied phrases. Be sure to include the sources with your notes, because even when you paraphrase you must site a reference.
2) Cite Immediately
The Harvard Guide for Using Sources recommends citing your sources as your write. You might think it will be a better use of time to write a paraphrase or a fact and go back later to cite the source. However, it is easy to miss something that should have been cited, or cite the wrong source. When you cite sources as you go, you will know exactly where each piece of information comes from.
3) Ask for Help
If you are having trouble determining whether or not you have created a new idea or need to credit someone else for the idea you are using, ask. Use your writing center or make an appointment with your instructor. You will never be penalized for asking for help. You will face consequences if you are unsure and make the wrong decision. When in doubt, ask for help.
It is important to avoid unintentional plagiarism, but there may be times when you feel so overwhelmed that you are tempted to copy and paste a paper, use someone else’s work, or even buy a paper. The Harvard Guide for Using Sources points out that these forms of plagiarism are never a good idea no matter how hopeless your situation feels. It is much better to face the consequences of turning in a paper late or incomplete than risk your academic career on a plagiarized piece of work.
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