How to Avoid Plagiarism
Sometimes when you read a source document such as an encyclopedia or online resource for an assignment, it can be difficult to put the facts in your own words. It always seems like the original author chose all of the best words to write the material.
However, you need to know that copying someone else’s words and presenting them as your own is plagiarism. This is a serious offense that is not tolerated in education or the workplace, so you should learn how to avoid it now.
A helpful tactic is to outline a source document as you read it. Limit yourself to three or four keywords to copy from each sentence – just enough to help you remember its main idea when you write your paper.
Once you have a paragraph outlined, put it in your own words without looking at the source document, and see if you can remember key details you wanted to include. This method takes practice, but once you master it, it will be easier to avoid using someone else’s words in your writing. To learn more, watch “Help Children Avoid Plagiarism” at tinyurl.com/yckxhzln.
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