Writing new content for school and work can be nearly impossible when always writing about the same topics. Luckily there are instances where self citation is allowed. Follow these steps to make sure you’re doing it the right way!
You’ve been focusing on the same topic for a few weeks or even years now and you wrote something SO great that would fit perfectly in this essay. But, it’s your own work. Is that allowed? First, it’s important to check with your teacher or professor that including your previous work into a current assignment is following the rules of the given writing protocol.
Once your teacher gives you the approval, you need to check how much of your work is allowed. Only a few sentences may be appropriate for a shorter paper while a few pages can be included in a PhD. Check yourself before handing it in and follow step 3 of our rules.
Writing for Work
Writing for work can include reports, blogs, or just content for your website. Similar to school assignments, it’s always smart to confirm that previous findings can be included in your newest work. Many times, for traffic purposes, including links and content from previous blogs and other writing is common practice. Be sure you are explaining why you have included the older doc and the link.
How to Cite
The most important part of using your own work is of course citing yourself as you would any other author. Whether it’s MLA, Chicago, or APA style be sure to reference your name and the previously written work can be included as an unpublished assignment.
Avoid self-plagiarism by following these steps and you’re on track to a great new assignment.