Plagiarism is defined as representing one’s words or ideas as your own.  To put it bluntly, it is STEALING ~ a serious offense that is not to be taken lightly. The consequences of accidental plagiarism are just as daunting as the admonishing results of intentional plagiarism.

 

How to Avoid Plagiarism

When writing a book, it is very important that you take the necessary precautions to avoid plagiarizing. ChatEbooks lists down the following measures that will ultimately keep you out of trouble in the long run.

 

Research

When writing a book, it is especially easy to fall into the trick bag of plagiarism. This is true especially if your topic requires a lot of research.  You still need to credit the source when using their ideas and information even if you use your own words.You’ll of course still inject your ideas and points and make mention of conclusions you’ve drawn. You’ll also still include your own theories or perhaps, your own list of steps if you’re explaining a particular process. You need to acknowledge and give credit to the source in order to avoid being guilty of plagiarism.

 

Keep Track

Keep in mind to keep track of your sources in order to credit them with their proper due.  It’s a good practice to print a copy of the information from all sources that you obtained electronically. You should note the complete URL, as well as the date on which the material was printed. You can also store the documents on your computer so they are easily accessible in the future. Lastly, you should also copy/paste the web address link in a separate document to obtain information for your book. Doing this will allow you to easily return to the website if needed. In addition, this will also help you cite it in its proper form.

 

Proper Context

Keeping sources in correct context is another vital practice to avoid plagiarism when writing a book. This can be especially tricky when using online sources as opposed to printed ones. Some websites include content from other sources without proper accreditation. This makes it nearly impossible for you to know the original source.  However, there are cases where the website includes a link to the content’s original source. Remember to make sure you properly cite the link (not the website) as your source.

Plagiarism is an offense that should be taken seriously and avoided at all costs. By taking the necessary measures to: gain a clear understanding of plagiarism and what it entails, keep track of printed and electronic sources, and keep the sources you use in proper context, you can minimize the chances of plagiarizing when writing a book. Remember — Always give credit where credit is due!

 

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