Essay Tips: Avoiding Plagiarism
Even though teachers frequently talk about plagiarism many students do not understand everything about it. When students sit down to write essays, they often end up writing pieces that contain plagiarism, even if they were not intending to do so. Sadly, even if students accidentally make plagiarism errors in their essays, their teachers are not lenient about it and students' grades suffer. In some cases, students can even be expelled for plagiarism errors. This is why students need to understand how to avoid plagiarism.
- Tip #1: Check your essay online. Teachers will check essays with online essay checkers, so you can, too. If your essay comes back clean, you should be ok. However, if it does not, then you need to fix it.
- Tip #2: Write from scratch. If you look at too many samples, you are more likely to emulate the essays you read. While it is a good idea to read samples, it can get in the way of writing your own unique essay.
- Tip #3: Follow your formatting instructions. If your essay requires you to include in-text documentation, be sure you do it properly. There are plenty of websites that explain how to cite properly. Errors in documentation style stress often the reason that students are accused of plagiarism. Formatting styles usually involve using MLA, APA, or Chicago Style. It wise to purchase a formatting manual, so you always can access the information you need.
- Tip #4: Ask for help. There is nothing wrong with along for someone to check over your work. Fresh eyes might find something that you overlooked. Whether you turn to a fellow classmate, hire an editor online, or you go to your teacher, getting help is one sure way to help make your essay better and hopefully avoid plagiarism errors.
- Tip #5: Listen to your teacher. Unfortunately, too many students ignore their teachers. When it comes to essay writing, teachers provide the best tips. They have the wisdom of experience to share and they know what they want from their students. When it comes to something as important as an essay (especially if it is heavily weighted in your grade), then you should always listen to what your teacher advises during lessons. When you ignore your teacher, you run the risk of making major mistakes that your teacher is sure to catch (especially since teachers usually see them.)