What Is Plagiarism and How to Avoid It?

Plagiarism: Definition and Tips To Avoid It!

A lot of people believe that plagiarism is copying some other’s work or to borrow some other’s unique and creative ideas. But, plagiarism is a much more serious offence than just “copying” and “borrowing”.

Plagiarism can be defined as an act of fraud or scam. This involves stealing some other’s original work and then, lying about it.

Below are some common acts of PLAGIARISM:

  • To turn in some other’s work as your own
  • To copy words from some other without any credits given
  • To fail in putting a quotation inside “quotation marks”
  • To give wrong information regarding the source of the quotation
  • To change words but copying the complete sentence formation of any source without any credits given

Basically, plagiarism is the unappreciated use of other’s ideas or thoughts. It can be intentional or unintentional. However, plagiarism is known as a severe academic offence.

How to avoid plagiarism?

  • Ensure that you understand the content you are using
  • Avoid depending deeply on others’ ideas 
  • Ensure that you know “citation” correctly
  • Excuse yourself from the Internet ‘paper mills’

Always acknowledge the sources from where you have taken the material. Use appropriate citations whenever you:

  • Use some other’s textual material, arguments, ideas, charts, maps, graphs, illustrations, etc.
  • Paraphrase or sum up the ideas or thoughts
  • Try to present facts which are not ‘general or common knowledge’.
  • Quote, the passages directly. However, if you are quoting a source, you have to quote it word for word.