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Plagiarism and Grammar Check.

Updated on January 1, 2015

What is Plagiarism, and how can you prevent it?

Plagiarism is the unauthorized use and/or representation of another persons words or ideas as your own. It is not limited to the written or spoken word, as lifting others research charts, or graphs and drawings would also fall under the definition. Certain paraphrasing can also sometimes be construed as plagiarism.

With so many people using the Internet, there is easy access to more written and spoken works than ever before. Couple that with the fact that there are just many more people now writing and publishing blogs, websites, and books, all which makes the potential for inadvertent plagiarism increasingly higher.

College students writing papers and essays sometimes get caught up in accusations of plagiarism. Often time they are innocent mistakes, easily corrected. Other times, however, they are purposeful. Failure to cite proper sources is one of the most common mistakes made. Students must be extra careful to ensure that they cite the sources for their work.

Grammar and punctuation are also critical, whether it's an essay for college entrance, a paper for a class, or when working on a thesis. Checking for correct spelling and proofreading your works is an absolute necessity.

This holds true for newspapers and internet bloggers. Sources should be cited when other works are used. It is entirely possible that one could make an honest mistake, but it is always best to double check your work.

Plagiarism is not confined to college students by any means. Some very famous politicians, government officials, authors, historians and news reporters have over the years have been caught in plagiarisms linguistic web. Whether they purposely plagiarized, or did so inadvertently is subject to debate, but either way, they should be held to the same standards as any student would be. The stigma and damage to one's reputation can be irreparable, even if that person did not purposely use others words, or writings without giving credit to the source.

If you were to ever happen to inadvertently fall into plagiarism's trap, don't despair. All is not lost. After all, some very famous people have been accused of borrowing others words, yet their careers have survived. Heck, with a little luck, you could even be Vice President some day.

Whether you're writing your thesis, a doctoral proposal, or a class report, you can easily check your work for grammar and punctuation errors, as well as making sure your words haven't been published by someone else before you.

Care must be taken when writing to ensure that you don't inadvertently borrow another author's words or thoughts. There are many programs available that will check your work for you online. The links to these sites below will also help with making sure you use proper grammar and punctuation.

If you're not sure, it is always wise to check your papers before submitting them, as an error, even if inadvertent can deem your work unacceptable and cause harm your reputation. So, whether you're an aspiring author, a blogger, student, or just like to write, don't fall into the trap.

Make sure you get it right, before you write it.

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