“Stop Copying Me!”: Plagiarism in the Life of a Scientist

“Stop Copying Me!”: Plagiarism in the Life of a Scientist

I’m sure that at one point in time everything that was written was original. That time has long since passed and now we all struggle to truly create anything that isn’t derivative of someone else’s work. This becomes even more difficult for a scientist to achieve. With so many absolutes and technical jargon associated with scientific work, it can sometimes feelĀ as if there’s no other option but to plagiarize. While it may seem difficult, you can still create original works and studies of preexisting concepts while using statistics and jargon without completely copying it.

One way to combat plagiarism is properly citing your sources. No matter which style your profession uses, whether it be APA, MLA, or any other one, it is important to accurately follow the rules set within it. This way you will be giving credit where credit is due to the people who worked hard to create that original work.

Another way to avoid plagiarizing someone’s work is putting it in your own words. Established facts cannot be altered without changing their factual integrity therefore they should always be cited. What you can change are the interpretations and wording surrounding these facts. You must add insight into these concepts in order to be able to claim any originality to your own work.

This is not an inclusive guide to avoiding plagiarism but this is a very brief look into a couple of simple things to remember when creating a research paper or other works.

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