How to Avoid Plagiarism Part 2

Research paper is a combination of personal ideas and other sources opinions. It requires a clear understanding and stand regarding the subject matter. At the same time, it requires a thorough research and clear process of incorporating the research into the paper. With all these processes, uncertainty usually comes in the way.
How can one incorporate his ideas and argument regarding the subject with the information taken from other sources? If there are certain changes in the idea of the original thinker, is citation still needed? How can one avoid plagiarism?
These are just some of the questions that can be encountered in writing a research paper. To be able to overcome these problems, the following information can help in coming with a great research paper and be able to avoid plagiarism:

Pre-writing phase

  1. Preparation and planning of the paper

    It is crucial that the researcher prepare and plans the entire research paper before the research and the writing even begin. This is an essential phase in the study since it will clarify which arguments and ideas will be integrated. This is also important since this will give the writer the chance to identify the scope and limitation of the study.
  2. In doing this, the writer should prepare an outline. Written in the outline are the details and statements that will be discussed in the paper. At the same time, it will include a detailed and orderly arrangement of the facts. This step is a great way to avoid plagiarism since the writer will be able to know where to place and indicate the information that comes from other sources.
  3. Sorting out of notes
    As already mentioned, writing a research paper involves a lot of research. To be able to get this task done properly, one should jot down the details and facts that are taken from other sources. While doing this, the writer should also indicate the necessary information about the author and source for citation purposes.
  4. While making notes, personal ideas can sprout and they need to be written down as well so it will not be forgotten. So that it will not be mixed with the gathered information, the writer can use colored pens or markers to classify personal opinions from sources’ information. By doing these, plagiarism can be avoided.
  5. Talk with the adviser
    Not only does this have to be done before the writing process, this must happen all throughout the research and writing phases. Especially with matters regarding plagiarism, there are some information that advisers can be a lot of help. No matter how a researcher checks out different websites to seek clarification regarding plagiarism, there can be no other method that can defeat a well explained statement especially from a respected person from the academe.

Writing phase
1. State references
It is important that a writer should remember that in case of uncertainty, it will be better to mention references. Citing references does not mean that a writer does not have enough idea about the topic and he is entirely depending to other people’s ideas. This is not true. In fact, there are lots of benefits in doing this.

  • avoids plagiarism. This can happen with the proper use of citation formats, and
  • gives the impression that a writer is capable of organizing different opinions and other sources’ ideas into one.