Tips to prevent plagiarism this year

Last update April 10, 2022


This year the appalling number of writers who have made their presence on the internet and others who are still in the incubation, outnumber the sand grains of Arabia.

The bulk supply of articles on the internet show how unceremoniously writers are providing content at a spitting speed.

For this very reason, plagiarism has got special attention and has become a bitter pill for bloggers, academics, and those connected to writing.

Some writers are born with an innate unique writing expression but some like me are not as gifted as others. They have to struggle with their clumsy writing style to touch the standards of a unique writing.

If you are also one like me, who takes pains in creating content worth reading, then read this blog thoroughly because I am going to share some tips to prevent plagiarism.

Why plagiarism is harmful?

Like I said, plagiarized content is and always was a burning issue in writing circles. If you are writing a blog you must be wary of it because it can certainly throw your intent into dust.

Hence, Google would never forgive you let alone entertain your plagiarized content. You can imagine it like a movie scene where an office building catches fire and the alarm goes out with red sirens.

The same occurs when you copy someone content and put it out as your own. To add fuel to fire, you may lose your readership because they are finding no value in your content.

So, why would they bother reading your content?

There is no point of wonder or even a minute possibility that your plagiarized content can inspire someone or change someone life.

People are smart enough to distinguish between copied and unique content. Therefore, plagiarism can deeply affect your credibility.

Creativity comes with patience, persistence, and consistency. You can be the next Stephen King or Jon Morrow for that matter if you embrace hard work.

Skill comes with a price and the biggest price that you pay for anything is time. The time invested can never leave you in despondency.

But when you copy someone words in your content, you are standing on their shoulders to see what you have not experience yourself. That is where you kill your creativity. So, plagiarism reduces your chances of being a good writer.

Let us discuss the tips that help you avoid plagiarism in your content.

You might be thinking, how is it possible? And the answer is, yes you can do it. I can not guarantee anything else, but I can bet you can do this because that is what makes you human.

After all, it is what we have been doing since time immemorial.

Yuval Noah Harari once said that the reason for human survival in the teeth of all stupefying odds was its ability of story creation and telling.

Do not worry, let me dissolve your confusion. Humans are rational beings as we can think critically and draw inferences and new ideas from previous ones.

You can gradually reduce your plagiarized content and ultimately eradicate it if you develop the habit of drawing inferences through deduction and induction.

How to use deduction and induction in removing plagiarism?

You can simply read the sentences. Each of them is giving information about something. After understanding them completely, you can think of anything missing in the content that you can find.

You can research that topic and get some knowledge about the topic. Then, you can compare similar knowledge with the sentences to the reason for any conclusion.

For example, a published research paper shows how to remove plagiarism by applying logic.

In the above example, the author used reasoning to draw the inference that although Facebook can be medium research shows opposite results.

Use quotations and citations:

If are still unable to get rid of plagiarism it is an easy way to cite the sources from where you copied your content.

Quoting the copied text gives credibility to your text moreover, it shows that you have well-researched and read the topic thoroughly.

Additionally, citations also support your claims and give a mantle to your arguments.

You may have read the famous quote that, “Do not raise your voices, improve your arguments.”A strong is the one supported with evidence.

Thus, citations not only remove plagiarism but also improves your credibility of content.

If you are writing content for the intent of marketing or sales, then proper argumentation may augment your sales pitch, and eventually, you may generate leads.

But, you must follow these steps to create a quote or cite sources:

Your quotes sentences should be in inverted commas.

In the case of academic writing, you should cite sources with the standard citation formats like APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago, etc.

For web content, you can simply embed a hyperlink in the words.

The provided sources should match your content, otherwise, it also comes under plagiarism.

Paraphrase your sentences:

You can paraphrase the copied text by changing words and sentences. It is a frictionless activity, provided that you have a sound grip on the language.

In the first place, why would not you write on your own on a particular topic if you have good language skills?

You may find no pertinent answer to this question but there is a reason.

You might be busy with some other work or you are short on time and you have to create content somehow.

So, you can use paraphrasing to convert the original text into a different form containing different words and sentence structures. This technique can easily get you away with plagiarism.

However, you should recall these basic steps:

Identify key ideas from the bulk of the text.

Distinguish technical terms and non-technical terms.

Keep in mind, the technical term is the special lexicon attached to a subject, therefore do not change it.

Non-technical words are common words that can be replaced with their synonyms. Mostly, these words are verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

Then change the sentence structure by dissecting a sentence into clauses and phrases and employing different techniques of contraction and extension to change the sentences.

Use a paraphrasing tool:

To this point, I have discussed the tips related to your self-work. Above mentioned tips were manual, i-e, you have to do it by yourself.

Of course, they need some sort of skill, besides there are certain constraints attached to them.

These constraints mainly include time and energy.

At times, you have to provide bulk work or you are running out of time due to an impending deadline.

Moreover, you do not want to invest many resources because you think you can get better results in much less time.

Hence, you prefer smart work over hard work.

For these reasons, you can use a paraphrasing tool, which rephrases your text automatically, on the internet. Because of efficient algorithms, a paraphrasing tool removes plagiarism from your writing.

Summing up:

Plagiarism is considered a hidden enemy of your content that has a lot of adverse effects on your whole writing career.

Plagiarism is considered a hidden enemy of your content that has a lot of adverse effects on your whole writing career.

Such as, you can paraphrase it manually, use logical reasoning to create new content, add citations or use a paraphrasing tool.

Using a rephrase tool is the best option among all these because it saves a lot of time and effort that can be utilized to increase productivity.