When you have a literature assignment and you have to complete it before the deadline, you definitely have to give it some time. Surely, there are those reasons for not doing the assignment: you have time to give to your friends, you have family matters, you want some time alone, you are ill etc. However, there are people who don’t want to “not do” the assignment instead they go for plagiarism. Yes, they simply take stuff from someone else and tagging it with their name, present it to the teacher. This is only safe until your school or college is not using a plagiarism detection method already.
When completing an English literature assignment, you might have to use a lot of work from other books, novels, dramas and other sources. You might have to quote a lot of people in your assignment and that’s when it becomes more difficult to avoid plagiarism. However, if you know the very basic and simple rules of avoiding plagiarism, you will never let yourself down by getting caught for copying and not citing content. You must learn how to make an indication of plagiarism in literature and how to avoid it. First, you should know the many ways of quoting, mentioning and paraphrasing other people’s work in your project with proper citation.
The best is to learn the different ways of citations and an easy way of doing that is to go on MS Word and look for the citation section. You will see a few boxes where you need to insert the required information to cite any content. By using this feature of MS Word, you can easily learn to cite content in various styles and formats. Furthermore, you will have to learn the art of paraphrasing and quoting stuff within your written project. First thing you would like to know is how to decide which one is better at a particular point, paraphrasing or quoting.
When you want to paraphrase a writer’s work, statement or speech, you should make sure to conclude your idea within as fewer words as possible. Furthermore, the use of brackets and ellipses is a great idea when you think the quotation from an author, writer or any personality needs additional words or punctuation. Quotation marks are always compulsory to be used when you are using a quotation from someone as-is and if you are paraphrasing, you don’t quotation marks – however, you still have to cite the source of the statement you are paraphrasing.
Finally, make sure that you are clear on the idea of parody and plagiarism. It is one of those difficult regions that are obscure and equivocal enough to make most of the students confused and teachers aggravated since explaining the difference between plagiarism and parody can be very difficult. Before submitting your assignments to teachers whether directly or online, use the software and applications to check for any plagiarism. You can even use free online web based applications to make sure that the content you have written is original and does not contain similarities to an already written content from another writer.