How to Prove You Didn’t Commit Plagiarism

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As the semester is starting to come to a close, the topics for final papers are also pouring in. The majority of papers in high school, college, and post-graduate studies will require at least one research paper to be written at the end of the semester. Follow our steps on how to write your papers and prove you didn’t commit plagiarism before you even hand the paper in!

The first step to writing a paper free of plagiarism, is understanding which sources you will be weaving into your own words. Be sure to only use quotes that are necessary; extraneous information won’t help and can sometimes show your teacher or professor that you are trying to up your word count.

When you have chosen the quotes you will include, it is important to know what kind of citation is required. MLA format is one of the most popular styles, with parentheses correctly identifying the author of the work. Double check that the quotations start and end, as it is easy to distinguish your words from theirs.

Once you have written the paper, you can do a scan for plagiarism to check that you have properly included the citations of your quotes. The Copyleaks plagiarism scan tells you in just a few seconds the percentage of similar rates to different sources, and how many words are the same. In addition, these passages are then highlighted so it is easy to find which parts are exact. This is the time to check that everything that is highlighted is actually part of your citation. You are then prepared to submit your work, knowing that you did not plagiarize.

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