What most students may not completely understand about the essays they compose could be the particular way these are being assessed by their professors. Since the professors use the essays as a review tool to evaluate the learning progress of their students, they have already prepared a set of criteria that will determine the effectiveness and quality of the essay. One of the factors that has always secured a failing mark is the act of plagiarism detected in the essay. Plagiarism is an unethical act that easily equates to cheating, and students who are discovered to commit the reprehensible practice are deemed to reflect academically unbecoming behaviour.
Regrettably, though, the act of plagiarism may be committed unintentionally by some students. There are those who may have failed to properly include complete references on their essays. There are also others who may not have thoroughly checked their work for any preexisting similarities. No matter how apparently original a certain idea, sentence or paragraph may be, if it contains textual similarities to any existing output, the students concerned are still considered to have committed plagiarism.
o prevent this, the students can implement corrective remedies to avoid plagiarism. One preventive measure they can do is to use primary sources of data. If they collected the data themselves through interviews and surveys, they have authored the data themselves and therefore do not need to acknowledge anybody else for the material. To check for similarities, the students can make use of online plagiarism detectors. Most of these applications can be used for free so the students can easily track any form of similarities to any material. If similarities are found, the writers can accordingly change the construction and diction of the paragraphs to restore originality.
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