How To Remove Plagiarism From Your Academic Research Works

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when one uses someone else’s words or ideas as one’s own without acknowledging or giving proper credit to the owner of the work.

Types of Plagiarism

a. Intentional/Deliberate Plagiarism

This type of plagiarism is usually severe because it causes the offender to either fail the course/dismissal from the school (for academic plagiarism) or face law suits.

Examples of deliberate plagiarism are:

  1. Rewriting/rewording from books without citation. (note: even if you put the information gotten from another source in your own words, you still need to cite the
  2. Copying and pasting from online project resource websites such as Classgist

b. Unintentional/Accidental Plagiarism

This type of plagiarism can be forgivable. But as a writer that wants his/her works to be taken seriously, you should avoid committing them.

Examples of accidental plagiarism are:

  1. Not knowing when and how to cite.
  2. Not knowing how to paraphrase and summarize.
  3. Not knowing what common knowledge is

How to Avoid Plagiarism

1. Use original ideas and opinions

Write your own thoughts and explanations regarding your research topic. Use only relevant information from other sources and make sure you cite it.

2. Paraphrase/Summarise

When you use information from other sources, make sure you put it in your own words and also cite it. Information that is common knowledge does not need to be cited. Example of
information that is common knowledge is information gotten from encyclopedia and dictionaries.

3. Cite and reference your sources

The sources of your materials should be cited. Your work should have enough citations. You should also include references to the owners of the various studies used in the research.

4. Use quotation marks

If you would like to use a piece of information as it is (verbatim) from ar source due to its relevance to your research and perhaps changing one or two words would make the information lose its meaning, be sure to put quotation marks around the information. This tells the reader that you are quoting directly from your source.

5. Ask for guide

Ask for librarian to guide you and use online tools to check for plagiarism.

What is Common Knowledge?

Common knowledge is information that is understood and known by your average educated reader. The information is not controversial. It is factual.

Before you submit your paper, use online tools to check for plagiarism. Rework your paper if you find plagiarize content.

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