A word that has taken Ghana by storm after Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s inauguration as Ghana’s new president. People who had not heard about the word are now using it like pros.
Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.
Here are 9 ways to avoid plagiarism.
If you know it, you can avoid it.
For every idea, you research on, read and want to use, put it in your own words instead of quoting or copying verbatim.
People are mostly tempted to copy what they don’t know. Have an idea about what you’re doing and the temptation to copy and paste will just be out of your way.
You can’t pick something from www.omgvoice.com and just cite the source as ‘omg’. What the hell? OMG!
No one likes to be misquoted. So quote like the person said or wrote it, and give them the due credit that they said or wrote it.
Don’t just quote from anywhere. Probably Ama stole from Kojo, who stole from Kweku who stole from Kwame, the original creator of what you stole too.
Knowing the original source is important. People will say source where you got it. But for your good, find the original source.
You might just quote something you think you made up. Fam, you didn’t! You heard or read it somewhere. You just gotta think it through and do the right thing.
If it is an academic work, it is very important to have a reference page acknowledging all the people you took ideas and quotes from.
If you’re a president, ask your speech writer:
Did you steal anything from anybody?
There you go! See you’re safe.