Tips and Tricks to Avoiding Plagiarism

18 Sep

Week Five TOW 4333

Chapter 3 in your Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques book discusses ways that public relations practitioners can avoid legal hassles. One of these ways is to avoid plagiarism. Based on what you read in the chapter and additional research you will do online, what are some of the best practices (tips & tricks) for avoiding plagiarism in your writing?

Some of the best ways to avoid plagiarism is to make sure to give credit to the source. Being a college student, plagiarism is the number one topic that professors address the first week of classes and rightfully so. I know I would not anyone to use my work and call it their own when in fact it was not their own idea.

Unfortunately, people still cannot seem to grasp this concept that copying someone else’s work and calling it their own is plagiarism. It is to the point that in each of my classes’ syllabi, there is a written agreement that the student has to sign saying that they will not plagiarize someone else’s work.

In the article, “Educational Tips on Plagiarism Prevention“, it outlines that in order to solve this problem we must identify why it continues to happen. The article says some reasons why it happens it because students forget about an assignment and this seems like an easy and quick solution.

Therefore, a tip to avoid plagiarism is to develop the students’ interpretation and analysis skills. This way they would feel confident and equipped to create their own work and not aimlessly copy someone else’s work word for word.

Plus, another trick is to be prepared. Gather the tools you need before hand to write your papers or create something for a company. Some of these tolls would be an APA style book that not only shows you how to properly write, but also proper documentation of sources.

In summary, the best tips and tricks to avoid plagiarism is to give yourself plenty of time before the deadline to complete the task so you will not be tempted to plagiarize, gather the tools you need beforehand, increase your interpretation and analytical skills, give credit to the source and use proper documentation.

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