When you have to submit lots of homework assignment projects, or when you don’t understand well your research topic, or when you have no enough time to complete successfully your assignment or to an in-depth research work, it’s tempting to just copy the material or content of what someone else has said and paste it in to a paper as your own work. In fact plagiarism is a serious offence and you as a student must avoid plagiarism. How to avoid it, I will present 7 best tips in this article how you can make sure that your college assignment is un-plagiarized.
- Using Exact Words of Relevant Authors
First of all, students must use quotation marks “” around all sentences and words copied from ant source, whether it is book or journal. So, choosing to quote the exact words or sentences of an author is best when there is unique phrasing that will strengthen the given argument (s). You as a student must provide a relevant citation for the source of the exact sentences you integrated immediately following the quotation.
- Paraphrasing Words of an Author
Always remember that paraphrasing of an author’s words or sentences is necessary, and for this you will have to state the author’s thoughts in your own unique words by best phrasing. You need to compare your paraphrased material with the precise words of the author to ensure you have not acquired the exact sentences from the author you studied. So, providing an authentic citation for the paraphrased thoughts or arguments is a must.
- Borrowing Information/Ideas
Keep in your mind that you will have to cite the source when you borrow the information in terms of data, figure, table, or graph from the work of another author.
- Stating Common Knowledge
Ideas, information or knowledge, commonly well-recognized by the paper’s intended readers, do not need any citations for sources. For example, calories and nutrients are contained in food. If you are not sure about an idea or information is common knowledge for the intended readers, you must cite a source.
- Reusing Collaborative Assignments
If a paper is written by two different students because the professor has assigned the paper as a team project, the entire assignment can’t be submitted by one of the students for another paper as if it is his or her own assignment. Further, any information or data borrowed from a paper you crafted among your team members should integrate proper citations for the data or information acquired from the original one.
- Accidental Plagiarism Material
You also need to keep direct quotes in a separate paper from your working document. You will also have to keep track of all your sources consulted. If there is any doubt, you must check carefully your paper against the phrasing within the sources.
- Always Respecting and Crediting Others
Finally, you must give credit and respect for their work or information that is not your own. It means that you will have to respect and honor the others’ intellectual property.