Using sources and avoiding plagiarism


This article talks about my reflections on ‘Using sources and avoiding plagiarism‘- by Stephan Klaas, Coordinator, Saint Paul College Academic Support Center. The author enlightens us about how Intellectual Property (IP) is of paramount importance in scholarly writing and also describes the ways to protect ones IP while not infringing a pre owned literature. This can be achieved by the correct use of citation, quotes, paraphrasing and summarization. He also provides helpful tips for safeguarding IP, making the article a necessary guide while writing scholarly literature.

My learnings
It was a thoughtful read about protecting one’s IP while not infringing on others’. I liked the way the author structured his writing: starting with explaining the key elements viz. citation, source, paraphrasing and summarization essential for writing a scholarly paper and eventually explaining how to weave all these elements along with a compelling line of thoughts to make your paper a plagiarized free and a scholarly one. This way I got an idea about the process of writing the research paper and also the detailing which goes into it. Moreover, I found his tips very useful I’ll make sure to use them whenever I write a scholarly article.

Tips while writing a scholarly literature:

  • to ensure you’re not breaching an IP, always identify the words in your paper which are not your own. Repeat this process until your paper is free of others’ work
  • for finding additional sources for referencing, you can always refer your cited literature’s list of references
  • Wikipedia though being the widely used source for knowledge, cannot be used an authentic source for citation. The reason being Wikipedia’s model of public collaboration
  • it is never recommended to only use quotes in your literature and not add your own thoughts. This gives a bad impression to the reader of your expressiveness and understanding
  • do not refer your source while writing your paper. It’s highly likely that your words can regardless be plagiarized. Remember, plagiarism is a serious crime and can pull you back from being a Scholar. Instead be original and enlighten the world with pioneering thoughts!


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