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How to Avoid Plagiarism | Tips on Citing Sources

Published on October 10, 2021 by Tegan George . Revised on November 21, 2023.

Plagiarism means using someone else’s words or ideas without properly crediting the original author. Sometimes plagiarism involves deliberately stealing someone’s work, but more often it happens accidentally, through carelessness or forgetfulness.When you write an academic paper, you build upon the work of others and use various credible sources for information and evidence. To avoid plagiarism, you need to correctly incorporate these sources into your text.

How to avoid plagiarism?

You can avoid plagiarism by :

  • Keeping track of the sources you consult in your research
  • Paraphrasing or quoting from your sources (by using a paraphrasing tool and adding your own ideas)
  • Crediting the original author in an in-text citation and in your reference list
  • Using a plagiarism checker before you submit
  • Use generative AI tools responsibly (outputs may be detected by an   AI detector )

Even accidental plagiarism can have serious consequences , so take care with how you integrate sources into your writing.

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Keeping track of your sources, avoiding plagiarism when quoting, avoiding plagiarism when paraphrasing, citing your sources correctly, using a plagiarism checker, using ai tools responsibly, checklist: plagiarism prevention, free lecture slides, frequently asked questions.

One of the most common ways that students commit plagiarism is by simply forgetting where an idea came from and unintentionally presenting it as their own. You can easily avoid this pitfall by keeping your notes organized and compiling a list of citations as you go.

Clearly label which thoughts are yours and which aren’t in your notes, highlight statements that need citations, and carefully mark any text copied directly from a source with quotation marks.

In the example below, red indicates a claim that requires a source, blue indicates information paraphrased or summarized from a source, and green indicates a direct quotation.

Notes for my paper on global warming

  • Greenhouse gas emissions trap heat and raise global temperatures [cite details]
  • Causes more severe weather: hurricanes, fires, water scarcity [cite examples]
  • Animal habitats across the world are under threat from climate change [cite examples]
  • Just this year, 23 species have been declared extinct (BBC News 2021)
  • “Animals are changing shape… some are growing bigger wings, some are sprouting longer ears and others are growing larger bills” in order to cool off (Zeldovich 2021)

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To make your life easier later, make sure to write down the full details of every source you consult. That includes not only books and journal articles, but also things like websites, magazine articles, and videos. This makes it easy to go back and check where you found a phrase, fact, or idea that you want to use in your paper.

Scribbr’s Citation Generator allows you to start building and managing your reference list as you go, saving time later. When you’re ready to submit, simply download your reference list!

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Quoting means copying a piece of text word for word. The copied text must be introduced in your own words, enclosed in quotation marks , and correctly attributed to the original author.

In general, quote sparingly. Quotes are appropriate when:

  • You’re using an exact definition, introduced by the original author
  • It is impossible for you to rephrase the original text without losing its meaning
  • You’re analyzing the use of language in the original text
  • You want to maintain the authority and style of the author’s words

Long quotations should be formatted as block quotes . But for longer blocks of text, it’s usually better to paraphrase instead.

Paraphrasing means using your own words to explain something from a source.

Paraphrasing does not mean just switching out a few words from a copy-pasted text. To paraphrase properly, you should rewrite the author’s point in your own words to show that you have fully understood it.

Every time you quote or paraphrase, you must include an in-text or footnote citation clearly identifying the original author. Each citation must correspond to a full reference in the reference list or bibliography at the end of your paper.

This acknowledges the source of your information, avoiding plagiarism, and it helps your readers locate the source for themselves if they would like to learn more.

There are many different citation styles, each with its own rules. A few common styles are APA , MLA , and Chicago . Your instructor may assign a particular style for you to use, or you may be able to choose. The most important thing is to apply one style consistently throughout the text.

The examples below follow APA Style.

Citing a single source

In-text citation The novel’s central theme is voiced by Cersei Lannister: “when you play the game of thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” (Martin, 2002, p. 403).
Reference list Martin, G. R. R. (2002). (Reprint ed.). Bantam.

Citing multiple sources

If you quote multiple sources in one sentence, make sure to cite them separately so that it’s clear which material came from which source.

In-text citation Martin’s narrative can be read as a classic “zero-sum game” (Morgenstern and von Neumann, 1980, p.98), where players in the “game of thrones” either “win or … die” (Martin, 2002, p. 403), with no other outcomes possible.
Reference list Martin, G. R. R. (2002). (Reprint ed.). Bantam.
Morgenstern, O., & von Neumann, J. (1980). (3rd ed.). Princeton University Press.

To create correctly formatted source citations, you can use our free Citation Generator.

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And if you’re citing in APA Style, consider using Scribbr’s Citation Checker , a unique tool that scans your citations for errors. It can detect inconsistencies between your in-text citations and your reference list, as well as making sure your citations are flawlessly formatted.

Most universities use plagiarism checkers like Turnitin to detect potential plagiarism. Here’s how plagiarism checkers work : they scan your document, compare it to a database of webpages and publications, and highlight passages that appear similar to other texts.

Consider using a plagiarism checker yourself before submitting your paper. This allows you to identify issues that could constitute accidental plagiarism, such as:

  • Forgotten or misplaced citations
  • Missing quotation marks
  • Paraphrased material that’s too similar to the original text

Then you can easily fix any instances of potential plagiarism.

There are differences in accuracy and safety between plagiarism checkers. To help students choose, we conducted extensive research comparing the best plagiarism checkers .

Generative AI tools like ChatGPT can be helpful at different stages of the writing and research process. However, these tools can also be used to plagiarize in various ways (whether intentionally or unintentionally). When using these tools, it’s important to avoid the following:

  • AI-assisted plagiarism:   Passing off AI-generated text as your own work (e.g., research papers, homework assignments)
  • Plagiarism :   Using the tool to paraphrase content from another source and passing it off as original work
  • Self-plagiarism :   Using the tool to rewrite a paper you previously submitted

It’s important to use AI tools responsibly and to be aware that AI-generated outputs may be detected by your university’s AI detector .

When using someone else’s exact words, I have properly formatted them as a quote .

When using someone else’s ideas, I have properly paraphrased , expressing the idea completely in my own words.

I have included an in-text citation every time I use words, ideas, or information from a source.

Every source I cited is included in my reference list or bibliography .

I have consistently followed the rules of my required citation style .

I have not committed self-plagiarism by reusing any part of a previous paper.

I have used a reliable plagiarism checker as a final check.

Your document should be free from plagiarism!

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Accidental plagiarism is one of the most common examples of plagiarism . Perhaps you forgot to cite a source, or paraphrased something a bit too closely. Maybe you can’t remember where you got an idea from, and aren’t totally sure if it’s original or not.

These all count as plagiarism, even though you didn’t do it on purpose. When in doubt, make sure you’re citing your sources . Also consider running your work through a plagiarism checker tool prior to submission, which work by using advanced database software to scan for matches between your text and existing texts.

Scribbr’s Plagiarism Checker takes less than 10 minutes and can help you turn in your paper with confidence.

To avoid plagiarism when summarizing an article or other source, follow these two rules:

  • Write the summary entirely in your own words by paraphrasing the author’s ideas.
  • Cite the source with an in-text citation and a full reference so your reader can easily find the original text.

Plagiarism can be detected by your professor or readers if the tone, formatting, or style of your text is different in different parts of your paper, or if they’re familiar with the plagiarized source.

Many universities also use plagiarism detection software like Turnitin’s, which compares your text to a large database of other sources, flagging any similarities that come up.

It can be easier than you think to commit plagiarism by accident. Consider using a plagiarism checker prior to submitting your paper to ensure you haven’t missed any citations.

Some examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying and pasting a Wikipedia article into the body of an assignment
  • Quoting a source without including a citation
  • Not paraphrasing a source properly, such as maintaining wording too close to the original
  • Forgetting to cite the source of an idea

The most surefire way to avoid plagiarism is to always cite your sources . When in doubt, cite!

If you’re concerned about plagiarism, consider running your work through a plagiarism checker tool prior to submission. Scribbr’s Plagiarism Checker takes less than 10 minutes and can help you turn in your paper with confidence.

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How to Avoid Plagiarism

It's not enough to know why plagiarism is taken so seriously in the academic world or to know how to recognize it. You also need to know how to avoid it. The simplest cases of plagiarism to avoid are the intentional ones: If you copy a paper from a classmate, buy a paper from the Internet, copy whole passages from a book, article, or Web site without citing the author, you are plagiarizing. Here's the best advice you'll ever receive about avoiding intentional plagiarism: If you're tempted to borrow someone else's ideas or plagiarize in any way because you're pressed for time, nervous about how you're doing in a class, or confused about the assignment, don't do it . The problems you think you're solving by plagiarizing are really minor compared to the problems you will create for yourself by plagiarizing. In every case, the consequences of plagiarism are much more serious than the consequences of turning in a paper late or turning in a paper you're not satisfied to have written.

"...the consequences of plagiarism are much more serious than the consequences of turning in a paper late..."

The consequences of accidental plagiarism are equally daunting and should be avoided at all costs. Whether or not you intended to plagiarize, you will still be held responsible. As a member of an intellectual community you are expected to respect the ideas of others in the same way that you would respect any other property that didn't belong to you, and this is true whether you plagiarize on purpose or by accident. The best way to make sure you don't plagiarize due to confusion or carelessness is to 1) understand what you're doing when you write a paper and 2) follow a method that is systematic and careful as you do your research . In other words, if you have a clear sense of what question you're trying to answer and what knowledge you're building on, and if you keep careful, clear notes along the way, it's much easier to use sources effectively and responsibly and, most of all, to write a successful paper. If you have questions about plagiarism at any point in your research or writing process, ask. It's always better to ask questions than it is to wait for an instructor to respond to work that you have turned in for a grade. Once you have turned in your final work, you will be held responsible for misuse of sources.

With these principles in mind, here are some guidelines for conducting research responsibly:

Keep track of your sources; print electronic sources

While it's easy enough to keep a stack of books or journal articles on your desk where you can easily refer back to them, it's just as important to keep track of electronic sources. When you save a PDF of a journal article, make sure you put it into a folder on your computer where you'll be able to find it. When you consult a Web site, log the Web address in a separate document from the paper you're writing so that you'll be able to return to the Web site and cite it correctly. You should also print the relevant pages from any Web sites you use, making sure you note the complete URL and the date on which you printed the material. Because electronic sources aren't stable and Web pages can be deleted without notice, beware of directing your readers to sources that might have disappeared. Check when the Web site you're using was last updated and update the URLs as you work and once again right before you submit your essay. If an electronic source disappears before you submit your work, you will need to decide whether or not to keep the source in your paper. If you have printed the source and can turn it in with your paper, you should do so. If you have not printed the source, you should consult your instructor about whether or not to use that source in your paper.

The library has several helpful resources for managing your sources, including RefWorks .

Keep sources in correct context

Whenever you consult a source, you should make sure you understand the context, both of the ideas within a source and of the source itself. You should also be careful to consider the context in which a source was written. For example, a book of essays published by an organization with a political bias might not present an issue with adequate complexity for your project.

The question of context can be more complicated when you're working with Internet sources than with print sources because you may see one Web page as separate from an entire Web site and use or interpret that page without fully understanding or representing its context. For example, a definition of "communism" taken from a Web site with a particular political agenda might provide one interpretation of the meaning of the word—but if you neglect to mention the context for that definition you might use it as though it's unbiased when it isn't. Likewise, some Internet searches will take you to a URL that's just one Web page within a larger Web site; be sure to investigate and take notes on the context of the information you're citing.

Research can often turn out to be more time-consuming that you anticipate. Budget enough time to search for sources, to take notes, and to think about how to use the sources in your essay. Moments of carelessness are more common when you leave your essay until the last minute and are tired or stressed. Honest mistakes can lead to charges of plagiarism just as dishonesty can; be careful when note-taking and when incorporating ideas and language from electronic sources so you always know what language and ideas are yours and what belongs to a source.

Don't cut and paste: File and label your sources

Never cut and paste information from an electronic source straight into your own essay, and never type verbatim sentences from a print source straight into your essay. Instead, open a separate document on your computer for each source so you can file research information carefully. When you type or cut and paste into that document, make sure to include the full citation information for the print source or the full URL and the date you copied the page(s). For Web sources, make sure to cite the page from which you're taking information, which may not necessarily be the home page of the site you're using. Use logical and precise names for the files you create, and add citation information and dates. This allows you to retrieve the files easily, deters you from accidentally deleting files, and helps you keep a log of the order in which your research was conducted. It's a good idea to add a note to each file that describes how you might use the information in that file. Remember: you're entering a conversation with your sources, and accurate file names and notes can help you understand and engage that conversation. And, of course, always remember to back up your files.

Keep your own writing and your sources separate

Work with either the printed copy of your source(s) or (in the case of online sources), the copy you pasted into a separate document—not the online version—as you draft your essay. This precaution not only decreases the risk of plagiarism but also enables you to annotate your sources in various ways that will help you understand and use them most effectively in your essay.

Keep your notes and your draft separate

Be careful to keep your research notes separate from your actual draft at all stages of your writing process. This will ensure that you don't cut language from a source and paste it into your paper without proper attribution. If you work from your notes, you're more likely to keep track of the boundaries between your own ideas and those in a source.

Paraphrase carefully in your notes; acknowledge your sources explicitly when paraphrasing

When you want to paraphrase material, it's a good idea first to paste the actual quotation into your notes (not directly into your draft) and then to paraphrase it (still in your notes). Putting the information in your own words will help you make sure that you've thought about what the source is saying and that you have a good reason for using it in your paper. Remember to use some form of notation in your notes to indicate what you've paraphrased and mention the author's name within the material you paraphrase. You should also include all citation information in your notes.

When you decide to use paraphrased material in your essay, make sure that you avoid gradually rewording the paraphrased material from draft to draft until you lose sight of the fact that it's still a paraphrase. Also, avoid excessive paraphrasing in which your essay simply strings together a series of paraphrases. When the ideas taken from your sources start to blend in deceptively with your own thinking, you will have a more difficult time maintaining the boundaries between your ideas and those drawn from sources. Finally, whenever you paraphrase, make sure you indicate, at each logical progression, that the ideas are taken from an authored source.

Avoid reading a classmate's paper for inspiration

If you're in a course that requires peer review or workshops of student drafts, you are going to read your classmates' work and discuss it. This is a productive way of exchanging ideas and getting feedback on your work. If you find, in the course of this work, that you wish to use someone else's idea at some point in your paper (you should never use someone else's idea as your thesis, but there may be times when a classmate's idea would work as a counterargument or other point in your paper), you must credit that person the same way you would credit any other source. On the other hand, if you find yourself reading someone else's paper because you're stuck on an assignment and don't know how to proceed, you may end up creating a problem for yourself because you might unconsciously copy that person's ideas. When you're stuck, make an appointment with your instructor or go to the Writing Center for advice on how to develop your own ideas.

Don't save your citations for later

Never paraphrase or quote from a source without immediately adding a citation. You should add citations in your notes, in your response papers, in your drafts, and in your revisions. Without them, it's too easy to lose track of where you got a quotation or an idea and to end up inadvertently taking credit for material that's not your own.

Quote your sources properly

Always use quotation marks for directly quoted material, even for short phrases and key terms.

Keep a source trail

As you write and revise your essay, make sure that you keep track of your sources in your notes and in each successive draft of your essay. You should begin this process early, even before you start writing your draft. Even after you've handed in your essay, keep all of your research notes and drafts. You ought to be able to reconstruct the path you took from your sources to your notes and from your notes to your drafts and revision. These careful records and clear boundaries between your writing and your sources will help you avoid plagiarism. And if you are called upon to explain your process to your instructor, you'll be able to retrace the path you took when thinking, researching, and writing, from the essay you submitted back through your drafts and to your sources.

5 Tips on How to Write a Research Paper without Plagiarism


Table of contents

  • 1 What is Plagiarism?
  • 2 What Is Considered to be Plagiarism in Paper?
  • 3 How Much Plagiarism Is Allowed in a Research Paper?
  • 4.1 Conduct in-depth research to have a clear picture of what a paper is about
  • 4.2 Express the main ideas using your own words
  • 4.3 Paraphrase: Change the sequence and structure
  • 4.4 Give Broader Content
  • 4.5 Use a plagiarism checker
  • 4.6 Use quotation marks if you can't do without a certain sentence
  • 4.7 Keeping track of your sources.
  • 4.8 Make a list of references in the research paper
  • 5 The Final Words

Every researcher needs to work on writing their research paper without plagiarism at some point in their career. A research student needs to analyze and adopt the works of scholars and scientists well-synthesized and authentic to write a high-quality research paper that does not contain plagiarism.

However, a student needs to adequately use quotation marks and paraphrasing tools to paraphrase the borrowed ideas and extracts. In that case, it may lead to the detection of plagiarism, considered a serious academic offense. Students can use quotation marks to quote in the borrowed text to avoid plagiarism and dodge the plagiarism checker. In-text citations can also save research students from plagiarism checkers and help them avoid plagiarism.

This article will discuss some of the essential aspects of plagiarism along with tips to avoid plagiarism, like:

  • What is plagiarism?
  • How much plagiarism is tolerable in research papers?
  • Tips for avoiding plagiarism while writing a research paper, etc.

A detailed discussion of these points will help you write a research paper without plagiarism.

It is a misconception! If the sentences you’ve taken from a certain published source are detected, you risk getting a low grade and damaging your reputation. The worst consequence of copying another author's ideas is taking legal responsibility because this is considered theft. It doesn't matter what you steal: goods in a supermarket or ideas from somebody's text.

What is Plagiarism?

If put in simple words, plagiarism can be defined as the unethical presentation of other people’s original work as your own without seeking consent, giving proper credit, or acknowledgment of the original source. However, in most cases, plagiarism is not deliberate but unintentional. It can get detected through a plagiarism checker because of the absence of in-text citations and reference lists in the research papers.

Most research papers have some or other areas for improvement regarding citation style. Every student anticipating academic publishing for their journal articles must have a common knowledge of the referencing and citation rules to ethically mention and acknowledge the sources they chose to refer to.

The unacademic and unacceptable way of using or adopting the information stated in works or old research papers belonging to some other author is considered plagiarism. So let us move ahead in the topic and learn about the deliberate and unintended actions that can be counted as an act of academic dishonesty.

What Is Considered to be Plagiarism in Paper?

It must have become clear by now that using someone else’s work as a reference for writing your academic paper does not count as plagiarism, but not crediting or acknowledging it correctly does. It can make your work highly plagiarized and be considered grave academic dishonesty.

Let us look at the things and practices that constitute plagiarism and should be avoided while writing research papers.

  • Copying or cheating.
  • Direct quotation of content without using quotation marks.
  • Not using in-text citations to cite the referred sources.
  • Using someone else’s work as your own without acknowledgment and citation.
  • Submitting the same work multiple times also constitutes plagiarism and is termed self-plagiarism.
  • Incorrect citation style can also lead to plagiarism detection while using a plagiarism checker.

Students must be utterly mindful of the citation and referencing rules to avoid plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Carefully considering these points will save your work from plagiarism and self-plagiarism. On an academic level, it is not considered if a student intended to commit plagiarism or if it were an ideally unintended mistake, detection of direct quotes sans the acknowledgment leads to unfavorable consequences.

How Much Plagiarism Is Allowed in a Research Paper?

Most academic and research institutions generally have a zero-tolerance policy toward plagiarism. However, some journals allow up to 15% plagiarism in a research paper.

What do you do if you have no idea how to paraphrase without plagiarism and present specific ideas without plagiarizing? Do you need to gain skills in using the synonyms method and paraphrasing texts with technical terms to avoid plagiarism? If you need a good online tool to check your essay or research papers on plagiarism, try the plagiarism checker by PapersOwl . It's free, simple, and many students use it.

8 Tips on How Not to Plagiarize a Research Paper

We all are well aware of the fact that avoiding plagiarism is a huge concern for most writers. They constantly search for easy and effective techniques that can keep them from committing academic dishonesty. This article has mentioned some of the most effective tips to avoid plagiarism. These tips are an apt and applicable solution to how not to plagiarize a research paper. So, let us move ahead and learn about the ways to avoid plagiarism in detail.

Conduct in-depth research to have a clear picture of what a paper is about

Conducting in-depth research about the topic before writing, quoting, or referring to a text in academic research is always advisable to beat Turnitin . It will help you paraphrase more crisply and accurately without any trace of plagiarism in a research paper. Remember, you need to understand the topic clearly to avoid copying, quoting, or paraphrasing the text already in the database in an improper writing style.

Express the main ideas using your own words

  • Original Content:
Her life spanned years of incredible change for women as they gained more rights than ever before.
  • Edited content after paraphrasing:
She saw the position of women elevating and being better with the acquisition of more and more rights throughout her life.

This is how plagiarism can be avoided, and you can rewrite an excerpt or information without losing the essence or crutch to paraphrase without plagiarism. But, if you have a short deadline, hiring an urgent essay writing service can be helpful since paraphrasing can take some time.

Now we are closer to knowing how to write a research paper without plagiarizing.

You can use this tip for all the main points out there. Just know how to avoid plagiarism by changing the words and sentence order.

Paraphrase: Change the sequence and structure

Paraphrasing a text is not enough to avoid plagiarism. Knowing the right way to an effective and unplagiarized paraphrasing is essential. Replacing a word with its synonym in the same sentence structure is considered mosaic plagiarism.

For example:

  • Original sentence: Glaciers are melting at an alarming rate due to global warming.
  • Bad paraphrasing: Glaciers are defrosting at a frightening speed because of global warming.
  • Good paraphrasing: Global warming is leading to extensive and expeditious defrosting of icebergs.

This is how you can paraphrase the language in the most meaningful and creative ways to avoid plagiarism. You can use Papers Owl’s paraphrasing tool to fix plagiarism instantaneously and effectively.

Give Broader Content

Making the borrowed content elaborate, descriptive, and understandable in your own words while adding it to your paper will also help you prevent plagiarism in your work. Making the concise information expansive will automatically rule out the scope for plagiarism.

Use a plagiarism checker

Using plagiarism detection tools to avoid plagiarism has been a common thing. Some students want to know how to write a research paper without plagiarizing. A free plagiarism checker can help. Here are a few benefits, such as:

  • Make sure there are no mistakes with the in-text citations you have used.
  • Detects all types of plagiarism in research you may not even know about.
  • It helps you see where the issues are so you can replace them in your own words.
  • Finds the most common types of research plagiarism in seconds.

Use quotation marks if you can't do without a certain sentence

It is always better to say something in your own words, but you can use sentences from other authors.

Here is how:

  • Original lines: “The use of AI technology is on the rise these days, leading to the great demand for automation tools.”
  • The wrong way to use it: The use of AI technology is on the rise these days resulting in great demand for automation tools.
  • The proper way of using it: “The use of AI technology is on the rise these days, leading to the great demand for automation tools.” (Thulin, 2021)

However, to avoid plagiarism, you should use a paraphrased or summarized method.

Keeping track of your sources.

One of the essential guidelines you can follow not to commit plagiarism is to keep track of the references you use in your research paper. It will help you add an accurate reference list to your paper during the final revision to fix plagiarism.

Make a list of references in the research paper

Always use the reference list that is mandatory these days. But you don't have to worry: nowadays, the internet is full of different citation generators , and you can choose the one that best fits your needs. Here is an example of a well-formatted reference below:

  • Alvarez, E., & Tippins, S. (2019). Socialization agents that Puerto Rican college students use to make financial decisions. Journal of Social Change, 11(1), 75–85. 
  • Laplante, J. P., & Nolin, C. (2014). Consultas and socially responsible investing in Guatemala: A case study examining Maya perspectives on the Indigenous right to free, prior, and informed consent. Society & Natural Resources, 27, 231–248.
  • Jerrentrup, A., Mueller, T., Glowalla, U., Herder, M., Henrichs, N., Neubauer, A., & Schaefer, J. R. (2018). Teaching medicine with the help of “Dr. House.” PLoS ONE, 13(3).

These guidelines will help you pass the plagiarism test easily without striking any similarity from the works already in the database. When writing a research paper, it is vital to take steps to ensure that the paper is free from plagiarism. One way to do this is by using Papers Owl . This online service helps students and professionals avoid plagiarism and write high-quality research papers quickly and easily. PapersOwl assists with the research process and helps to ensure that the paper is cited correctly and free from plagiarism.

Maintaining originality and avoiding plagiarism is essential when writing a research paper . An excellent way to achieve this is by using citation generators and paying someone to do your assignment if necessary. Proper citation validates your sources and gives credit to the original author. It's essential to ensure appropriate attribution to minimize the risk of plagiarism.

The Final Words

Adopting the ways and measures stated in this article allows you to submit a plagiarism-free paper. You can also use plagiarism checkers to ensure the novelty and uniqueness of your work. It will mark out the faulty areas and help you rectify the mistakes. These steps will make your research unique and enhance the quality of the information and language used.

Deep research, time, and hard work are essential to writing a well-written paper without plagiarism. However, the most effortless way of writing a paper is to hire a plagiarism-free essay writer who is well-qualified and holds extensive knowledge as well as research skills to produce high-quality work that is compelling and authentic. Hiring reliable services can make your research journey seamless and less exhausting by offering extra time to focus on other significant events and academic engagements.

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Best Practices for Avoiding Plagiarism

The entire section below came from a research guide from Iowa State University.  To avoid plagiarism, one must provide a reference to that source to indicate where the original information came from (see the "Source:" section below).

"There are many ways to avoid plagiarism, including developing good research habits, good time management, and taking responsibility for your own learning. Here are some specific tips:

  • Don't procrastinate with your research and assignments. Good research takes time. Procrastinating makes it likely you'll run out of time or be unduly pressured to finish. This sort of pressure can often lead to sloppy research habits and bad decisions. Plan your research well in advance, and seek help when needed from your professor, from librarians and other campus support staff.
  • Commit to doing your own work. If you don't understand an assignment, talk with your professor. Don't take the "easy way" out by asking your roommate or friends for copies of old assignments. A different aspect of this is group work. Group projects are very popular in some classes on campus, but not all. Make sure you clearly understand when your professor says it's okay to work with others on assignments and submit group work on assignments, versus when assignments and papers need to represent your own work.
  •  Be 100% scrupulous in your note taking. As you prepare your paper or research, and as you begin drafting your paper. One good practice is to clearly label in your notes your own ideas (write "ME" in parentheses) and ideas and words from others (write "SMITH, 2005" or something to indicate author, source, source date). Keep good records of the sources you consult, and the ideas you take from them. If you're writing a paper, you'll need this information for your bibliographies or references cited list anyway, so you'll benefit from good organization from the beginning.
  • Cite your sources scrupulously. Always cite other people's work, words, ideas and phrases that you use directly or indirectly in your paper. Regardless of whether you found the information in a book, article, or website, and whether it's text, a graphic, an illustration, chart or table, you need to cite it. When you use words or phrases from other sources, these need to be in quotes. Current style manuals are available at most reference desks and online. They may also give further advice on avoiding plagiarism.
  • Understand good paraphrasing. Simply using synonyms or scrambling an author's words and phrases and then using these "rewrites" uncredited in your work is plagiarism, plain and simple. Good paraphrasing requires that you genuinely understand the original source, that you are genuinely using your own words to summarize a point or concept, and that you insert in quotes any unique words or phrases you use from the original source. Good paraphrasing also requires that you cite the original source. Anything less and you veer into the dangerous territory of plagiarism."

Source: Vega García, S.A. (2012). Understanding plagiarism: Information literacy guide. Iowa State University. Retrieved from . [Accessed January 3, 2017]

Plagiarism prevention.

  • Plagiarism Prevention ( This resource provides information about preventing plagiarism, understanding the various types of plagiarism, and learning how to cite properly to avoid plagiarism.

UCLA has a campuswide license to Faculty may turn in student papers electronically, where the text can be compared with a vast database of other student papers, online articles, general Web pages, and other sources. then produces a report for the instructor indicating whether the paper was plagiarized and if so, how much.

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  2. How to Avoid Plagiarism | Harvard Guide to Using Sources

    The best way to make sure you don't plagiarize due to confusion or carelessness is to 1) understand what you're doing when you write a paper and 2) follow a method that is systematic and careful as you do your research.

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