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8 Ways To Avoid Plagiarism For Postgraduate Students

 

8 Ways To Avoid Plagiarism For Postgraduate Students



#1. Cite a Sources for Quotation to Avoid Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarism in general sayings and quotes the most common phrases and definitions are need to be quoted and cited without any modification.

 

#2. Don’t Recycle Internet Content

In the era of the internet, high similarities in the Turnitin plagiarism report is from internet sources, so do not copy any word or sentence from the original internet sources. In case of citing online sources, Include the accessed date and appropriate URL in the reference.

 

#3. Cite Pictures from Another Source

Even though the plagiarism reports cannot identify similarities in images and formulas (Equations), it is a good practice to give proper citation to all the multimedia sources (Copyrighted Images, Books, Journal, Website, Video, and so on). In the case of Creative Common(CC) images, give proper credits to the author of the source.

 

#4. Source Citation for Statistical Data

Statistical data is more sensitive information that needs to be cited with appropriate study, survey, or research results.

 

Citing statistical data will improve the reliability and authenticity of the edited research content.

 

#5. Don’t ask someone to Write Your Paper

The most common mistake done by many researchers in recent time is, hiring a writer to write a thesis or research manuscript. Though your research results are significant and methodologies are unique if other parts of the content are copied or rewritten from various sources which can be identified by Turnitin Report.

 

#6. Paraphrase and cite the same author

Whether we are paraphrasing or summarizing we must always identify the source of our information. When paraphrasing and/or summarizing others’ work, we must reproduce the exact meaning of the ideas or facts using our words and sentence structure.

 

To make substantial modifications to the original text that result in a proper paraphrase, the author must have a thorough understanding of the ideas and terminology being used.

 

#7. When in doubt cite a source.

Not all information you use will have to be documented. Material that is common knowledge, for example, doesn’t need a citation. If you are unsure whether something needs to be cited, go ahead and do it. Citing something you don’t need to is a minor mistake but failing to include a citation is plagiarism and will cause you plenty of problems.

 

#8. Do not ‘copy and paste’ – comprehend and make notes instead

Most students would usually ‘copy and paste’ directly from source articles, with (out) few modifications. For students intending to avoid plagiarism, this practice still results in unintentional plagiarism.

 

Once the student writes his/her essay directly from the reference material, he/she is likely to repeat what has been provided. The best practice to avoid plagiarism should, thus, be comprehension and note-taking.

 

After reading from a source, the student should test comprehension by making notes, before proceeding to write essays. If the student can make concise notes, it indicates that he/she understood the author’s intended message properly. By implication, a student is less likely to plagiarize, if he/she understands the information provided in the text.

 

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