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How To Deal With Plagiarism In Your Thesis Writing

Plagiarism is defined as the act of copying another person's idea or content as their own, without proper acknowledgement. This includes information from:

  1. Web Pages
  2. Books
  3. Research papers

Basically, it's a form of cheating one does from someone else work. It is the most common offence under the Academic code of conduct where code is the presentation of another person work.

Types of Plagiarism

There are various types of Plagiarisms but the most common are:

  1. Direct Plagiarism: Direct Plagiarism is copying word-to-word of someone's work without giving credit to the author.

  2. Self Plagiarism: Self plagiarism takes place when a student copies from a earlier assignment and submits it without the permission of his/her Professor.

  3. Mosaic Plagiarism: Mosaic Plagiarism also known as "patch writing" appeared when a student obtain phrases from research paper without proper citation or finds the synonyms of author language.

  4. Accidental Plagiarism: Accidental Plagiarism occurs when you do not know when and how to do citation, paraphrasing and recycling the old paper.

Consequences of Plagiarism

  1. It would result in a legal action against a student
  2. Plagiarism result in ones work being destroyed
  3. Plagiarism can remove a student from his/her course
  4. It can also results in the suspension of student from their college or institution.

How To Overcome Plagiarism

There are very easy ways to avoid plagiarism in your work. You need to follow simple steps while writing your research paper.

  1. Paraphrase: Read the information you required and write in your own words. Make sure you don’t use two original words together. If you do use, then quote it.

  2. Citation: Citing incorrectly can cause plagiarism. It is one of the simple and effective ways to avoid plagiarism. It contains author’s name, date of publication, Title and source according to document formatted guidelines instructed by your institution.

  3. Quoting: Quoting must be done correctly. When quoting a source, use the quotes exactly it appears. A student should know how to paraphrase the material.

  4. Citing Quote: Citing a quote is different from citing a paraphrased. This involves addition of page number and paragraph in case of web content.

  5. Citing Your Own Material: If you are using any material from your previous assignment then you must cite yourself. Treat it as someone else has written it.

  6. Referencing: Finally, the most important is reference page cited at the end of research paper. Meeting the document formatted guidelines used by the institution or college.

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