Plagiarism is the act of presenting the work or ideas of someone else as one’s own, with or without permission, by integrating it into one’s work without full acknowledgment. Simply put, plagiarism is a fraudulent act. It entails both stealing the work/ideas of someone else and lying about it later.
It is quite easy to find information for a majority of research papers. Still, it is not always simple to add that information into one’s writing without falling into the trap of plagiarism. However, there are several strategies an individual can apply to avoid plagiarism. One of the approaches entails planning one’s paper. This is where people plan how they are going to integrate their ideas with the external sources of information and how to balance these ideas (Plagiarism.org., 2017). Another approach pertains to paraphrasing. This entails putting information found into one’s own words. It is paramount to ensure that the text found is not copied verbatim more than two words in a row.
Quoting is yet another strategy. Utilizing external evidence is vital in academic writing, but there is a need to ensure that those sources are appropriately utilized. Therefore, when the ideas of another person are being used in a research paper, they must be quoted and correctly attributed to its rightful author. Another strategy relates to citing. Every time something is quoted or paraphrased in an essay, it is essential to include an in-text citation (or footnote citation) that identifies the actual author. Every in-text citation should match up to a full reference in the bibliography or reference list at the end of the paper (Calonia, 2020). This serves to provide details as to where the information originated from, making it possible for readers to situate the source for themselves.
Calonia, J. (2020, May 20). How to avoid plagiarism. Retrieved from https://www.grammarly.com/blog/5-most-effective-methods-for-avoiding-plagiarism/
Plagiarism.org. (2017, May 12). Preventing plagiarism when writing. Retrieved from