When you’re in level 300 (or earlier in some schools) you’ll have to write some academic papers. The funny thing about research papers is that you’re allowed to “copy other people’s work; there are just rules to go about it, otherwise, it becomes plagiarism and that’s a rewrite or a failing grade. Here’s what you can do to avoid plagiarism on your own papers.
Paraphrase Your Content Or Use Quotes
There’s nothing wrong with incorporating other people’s content into your posts. The problem is trying to pass that content off as your own. When you’re taking information from other papers, either by paraphrasing the statement or by using quotes you need to make it clear that this is an idea that comes from somewhere else through your citation. Also, if you’re using quotes make sure that you using the text exactly how it appears in your source.
Here’s What needs To Be Cited And What Doesn’t
- Any words (or even ideas) that you’re getting from somewhere else: Cite
- The results of your own findings: Don’t cite
- Facts of common knowledge: Maybe (with commonly known facts, you don’t have to cite a source. However, if you’re unsure of the fact, then you should probably cite the source where you looked it up).
Use A Plagiarism Checker
The final check on your essay for plagiarism can be an online service. Grammarly’s Plagiarism Checker and Plagramme.com will check your work and tell you whether you’re committing any plagiarism sins or not. These tools are also free so you don’t have to worry about going into your pockets.