Back during the times, it was much harder to write your own ideas up. I used to spend hours and hours inside the library just so I can understand a single concept. And then I’ll have to spend more hours to come up with an argument. All that just so I can write my essay. Well, that was back before.
Ever since the invention of the computer and the internet, we gained free access to all the information we can get. With just a few clicks, we already gain loads of knowledge. Since the sharing of information was such a hit, it didn’t take long before got used to copy-pasting information instead of actually absorbing it.
Even so, plagiarism is still a crime. Once you get caught, the consequences won’t be pretty. We’ve become so used to copying things from the internet that sometimes we don’t even notice that what we’re doing is plagiarism. It pays to know how to avoid these sorts of things, which is why I wrapped some tips on how you can avoid plagiarizing.
An essay isn’t a collection of other people’s research. Yeah, sure, it should contain facts, which are usually taken from other research, but that doesn’t mean that everything should come from third sources. So, in that case, what should an essay contain? It should contain your arguments supported by factual evidence.
By creating an outline, you’ll be sure that all the things you search through the internet are all yours.
Citing your sources might seem automatic when you’re writing an academic paper, but properly citing your sources is a different story. Double check your bibliography so that you’re sure that you included everything you need.
Remember that your sources were written by other people too. With that, they could also have committed plagiarism. That being said, you ought to check if your sources weren’t committing plagiarism.
Another reason why you need to scrutinize your sources is its credibility. Is it worth your time? This is one thing you need to ask yourself when scavenging for sources. If there’s one thing we all know about academic papers is that it has to be believable. With that, we can conclude that your sources are credible. Here are some guide questions you need to ask yourself when looking for sources:
Deadlines are common in academic papers, and it’s stressing, we get it. But you shouldn’t make that as an excuse to write blind. You know, writing words and phrases from another person’s work unconsciously? It happens.
The best way to avoid this is by letting your paper rest for a while after it’s done. And then after a few hours or days, read it again, and then you’ll see all the things you’ve written wrong.
Plagiarism is serious business. Not only can it get you expelled in your school or fired in your job, it can also get you to jail. It’s no different from theft. Let’s all take the time to make sure that our writing isn’t plagiarized or taken from other write-ups made to look like our own.