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What is Plagiarism?

Academic plagiarism is a common issue among students of all academic levels. However, it is the college and university level, where the consequences of plagiarism can be of a serious nature. This guide provides a quick overview of the different types of plagiarism, the consequences of plagiarism and what can be done to avoid plagiarism. 

According to the Oxford Dictionary

Plagiarism presents someone else's work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. ... Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional.

Plagiarism is stealing of people’s ideas, dreams and words and any other form of creative work. Not referencing the academic sources used in an appropriate referencing style can have unprecedented repercussions on your academic and professional career.

Let’s say that you should never even think of plagiarising no matter how hard you have to work.  

Types of Plagiarism; 

Plagiarism isn’t just stealing the words, and it can take various forms including global plagiarism, self-plagiarism, mosaic plagiarism, find-and-replace plagiarism, remix plagiarism and copy-and-paste plagiarism.  Here is a definitive guide to the types of plagiarism

How to Avoid Plagiarism; 

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to stop it happening in the first place; Make sure to;

  1. Summarize, paraphrase and quote any information directly taken from another resource of literature. 
  2. Not forget about giving the due credit to the original author through in-text citation and a list of references. 

Here is a comprehensive guide on how to avoid plagiarism

Detecting Plagiarism 

There is various plagiarism checking software, and some are free, while others require payment. It is important to note that these days all academic institutes check papers submitted by students in plagiarism detection software such as Turnitin. The good news is that you can also use these tools to find plagiarism in your paper before your school does. Here are the top 12 free plagiarism checkers of 2020.

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