Avoiding plagiarism on your blog

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The Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V function on our machines is the reason why online plagiarism is rampant. It requires minimal effort and is convenient because your audience won’t always likely know that an idea isn’t your original creation. There are various reasons why someone would share an idea that’s not their own, the most obvious being a person thinks they will get away with it. For the most part, they do.

This doesn’t typically apply to everyone. If you wish to create an authentic experience for your users it’s unlikely that you’ll scrape and use other person’s content without their permission. Copyright infringement is a reality in the digital space, and there are ways that, as an honest person, could have accidentally taken part in this legal problem. With images, most of us are straightforward and take extra steps to attribute the source or the photographer, but when it comes to text, things are not as clear-cut. Online searchers are a quick way of reminding us that there’s nothing new under the sun. That is however not an endorsement to take other people’s content. It may be true, but there’s always new and different ways of looking at the same thing.

As explained, plagiarism is using or even imitating closely another person’s thoughts or language without their permission and presenting it as though it was your own. Here are a few ways to avoid plagiarizing.

Copy and pasting

This point is rather obvious but if you’re writing a blog do not copy and paste another person’s work and present it as your own. If you wish to do so for whatever reason, get in touch with the author and ask them for permission to share their work. Most people would be flattered and may accept, but you ought to respectfully accept if they wish not to have their content on your site. The other option is to quote sections of the blog, attribute and share a link to the original article. When your blog reaches a certain size, you may eventually run into this problem.

Partial plagiarism

Even though you take chucks on someone else’s work and add your voice, it is still plagiarism. Most people do this and still think it okay to do. There are some niches, for example cell phone repair stores, where they’re only so much you can write about. Though ideas and concepts are likely to be same, ensure that you take ideas and turn them into your own. When using multiple sources, don’t forget to create something unique. If you leave phrases that are not your own and yet you don’t give credit where it’s due, it is still plagiarism.

Wrap up

During your research, keep track of all your sources. Where you have to, quote and attribute a work. If not, don’t rewrite someone else’s work. Work from your basic understanding of the concept. Also, don’t only use one source; use various authors who can inspire you to create your own idea.

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