When Plagiarism Becomes Theft

One might get away with rewriting the content and not copying it word-to-word. However, it’s unethical and is referred to as stealing. If you are giving an idea that has been taken from some source but presented in an entirely different way, so that no on can recognize it, you are still morally answerable. It is mostly done in the name of research; students mention that as a result of the research, they have proposed something, while that proposition is not what they think about the topic. Continue reading

Differentiating Paraphrasing from Plagiarism

Paraphrasing

Writing a paraphrase is when you write a summary of the readings and facts in your own words without citing the references you have taken the information from. You do not directly write anything out of whatever information you have read; the only thing you do is that you write what you get out of that information read. Continue reading

When Plagiarism Becomes Theft

One might get away with rewriting the content and not copying it word-to-word. However, it’s unethical and is referred to as stealing. If you are giving an idea that has been taken from some source but presented in an entirely different way, so that no on can recognize it, you are still morally answerable.

Theft is mostly done in the name of research; students mention that as a result of the research, they have proposed something, while that proposition is not what they think about the topic. It’s clearly stealing another person’s idea. Continue reading

Is There a Limit to Citing Sources When Trying to Avoid Plagiarism?

When talking about how much content can be taken from a source and cited, it needs to be clarified that only citing sources is not enough. You cannot copy/paste all the stuff and mention references, unless specifically asked by the instructor n case of literature review. Even in that case, explanation of what you found out is more important rather than copy/pasting whatever you found out as a result of research. Continue reading

Plagiarizing Unknowingly and the Associated Fears

Plagiarizing content intentionally is absolutely unacceptable. However, one might do it unknowingly. It might happen that you propose an idea or gain first-hand knowledge about something and later find out that it has already been proposed or posted somewhere by someone. Although this is something that doesn’t happen very often, you should know what do if it does.

The best thing is to talk to your instructor about it and tell him/her beforehand that the idea was as much originally yours as it was probably someone else’s. Continue reading

Difference between Plagiarism and Research

 

It is usually debated when plagiarism is frowned upon while research is appreciated. Hence, it is important to know the difference between plagiarism and research clearly.

Defining Research

Research, as defined by YourDictionary.com, is a “careful, systematic, patient study and investigation in some field of knowledge, undertaken to discover or establish facts or principles.”

It’s true that you always need information from one source of the other in order to write about any topic in the world. Continue reading

Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism

There is only one absolutely guaranteed way of avoiding plagiarism and that’s by doing all the research and writing work yourself. Don’t trust a peer or any other form of help to do the paper for you. Conduct your own research and make notes. Taking proper notes is extremely important. You cannot quote an authority or from a previous paper without mentioning who it is that you are quoting, and from which paper, journal or book have you picked up the quote.

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Dangers of Getting Help on Writing Papers

The internet has spawned many new businesses and academic writing is one of them. Anyone who needs to get a paper written just has to surf the internet to find academic writing help websites. Most of the people running and managing these websites are based all over the world in places like India, Philippines, etc. their rates are quite nominal and that’s what lures students in seeking help from them.

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Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

With the advent of internet everything has become online. Even stealing online content has become so easy because of the presence of so many blogs and online websites. This happens because of the existence of no regulatory authority on the usage of internet. But to the dismay of many people who are indulged in this act of cheating and stealing other’s idea. There are many software tools present on internet known as plagiarism checkers like Duplichecker and Copyspace. So, with these tools the plagiarism can be detected in a matter of some seconds. This easily discourages people from stealing other’s idea in the first place.

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