Plagiarism refers to taking another person's ideas, words, statistics or inventions and presenting them as your own. It also encompasses the complete or partial translation, paraphrasing or rewording another person's work, without acknowledging its source. It is acceptable to present another person’s ideas in your work. However, this has to be done in the correct manner to avoid plagiarism. It is mandatory to appropriately acknowledge all information, whether directly quoted, summarized or paraphrased.
Plagiarism can be avoided by taking into account the following guides:
Use quotation marks or indentation when borrowing another person’s text and include the complete reference (author’s name, date, pages)
While sourcing or reading other literature, keep a comprehensive list of all the sources used in compiling your work this includes the title, author, publisher, publication date, and page numbers including website address of information obtained from the internet.
Be conversant with the correct referencing style acceptable to your institution
Maintain consistency in your referencing style throughout your work
The benefits of drawing on other people’s ideas Quoting, summarizing and paraphrasing are used to: Provide support for claims or add credibility to your writing.
Cite different points of view.
Integrate information by assessing, comparing, contrasting or evaluating it, to show understanding.
Emphasize a position that you agree or disagree with.
Refer to other research that leads up to your study.
Highlight a pertinent point by quoting the original.
Ways to correctly incorporate other people’s work
Giving credit for work that is not your own respects and protects the intellectual property of others.
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