How to Avoid Plagiarism Part 1
- Clearly identify the source
In mentioning the original source of the information, it is a necessity that the writer be able to identify clearly who is the source of the information. There are some ideas that are revived and rephrased by an author from another author. When this occurs, it is a rule of thumb that the writer states the name and not just merely relies on pronouns.
Writers should remember that plagiarism can also occur if proper citation is not followed. To avoid this, the writer should think about who says what and state this clearly in the paper. This is a sure way of avoiding plagiarism.
- Identify reliable and credible sources
Research is a tedious task. It is not tedious just because gathering data will require many sources. The most important and crucial step that a writer should remember in writing is identifying if a source is reliable or not.
One cannot rely entirely in the data that are gathered. There are some information that are not really credible. Especially when it comes to Internet sources, writers should take the necessary precautions in evaluating information. Details like the author’s name, date published, and where the information is from are essential and basic guide to evaluating a source. Moreover, the writer should observe the quality of writing, stand and arguments of the entry, and credibility of the information stated. These also serve as hints to further evaluate certain information. Once these categories pass the standards of the researcher, there is a chance that the source is reliable.
- Learn proper paraphrasing
With paraphrasing, one can write someone else’s idea into own words. This will just simply show that the writer has the ability to properly integrate his ideas with someone else’s opinions and stand. Aside from that, paraphrasing makes it clear that there are other thinkers that agree the stand or argument of the study. Also, it enables the paper to flow smoothly. There is a misconception that this is done to avoid many direct quotations in the paper. Another misconception of its use is that it keeps the fact that one relies too much on other sources. All these are just misconceptions. As already mentioned, it is even beneficial.
Writers, on the other hand, should somehow remember that doing this is not just about merely changing the words of the original text. Paraphrasing is the use of one’s own words and sentence construction. Above all, it still needs citation since it is not a writer’s original idea.