Some of your fellows might have said that you can avoid accusations of plagiarism by turning in your assignment in an unusual format, like the PDF, putting pictures and graphics into your paper, or by replacing some Latin letters with Kyrilic ones. Unfortunately for some of you, these old tricks don’t work anymore. However, there are other ways to complete 100% original papers without sacrificing all your free time for homework. Check out these seven pro-tips that some A-students have shared with us.
1. Change the time, the voice, and the pronouns
Change the past tense to the present or vice-versa, use passive voice instead of the active, and the plagiarism-detection software won’t spot that you’ve copied a piece of text without indicating the source. Apply “we” instead of “I,” “Mr. Somename,” instead of “he,” or “they” instead of “he” or “she.”
2. Break and merge the sentences
If you have a long sentence full of colons, semicolons, and commas, replace these punctuation marks with full stops. By doing so, you will split one long sentence into three or more short ones. If the original text is written in short sentences, amend them and create a paragraph-long sentence instead, full of punctuation marks and hedging words like “hence,” “therefore,” and “as a result.”
3. Use Thesaurus
Increase your vocabulary by using synonyms instead of some common words. This will help you to avoid tautology in your writing and speaking and will improve the quality of your papers. Replacing some words from the sources with the synonyms is also a great way to avoid plagiarism.
4. Ask for help
Do you have no original ideas and afraid that your piece of writing will be marked as “plagiarism?” Then hire a professional research paper writer. The reliable academic assistance companies guarantee the authenticity of their writing and will sell you a personalized paper completed according to your requirements. When you get an essay written by an expert, analyze the sources your helper has used and how he or she managed to come up with an original paper on a common topic.
5. Translate your materials
If you know several languages, you can cheat Turnitin by translating the materials written in some other language into English. Smart algorithms won’t spot plagiarism in this case. To stay true to the academic integrity principles, you can mention the source you’ve translated in the bibliography section.
6. Use plagiarism checkers
You can find free software or choose a plagiarism checker of premium quality that still won’t cost you a lot and check your papers with it before you turn them in to your teacher. The algorithms will show you where the paraphrasing or other tricks were not enough to hide plagiarism in your writing and will give you another chance to fix such sections.
7. Paraphrase it!
Paraphrasing is the best way known to students to work on academic papers. Don’t put someone else’s text into your assignment in its original form. Read the material once or twice and then try to retell it in your own words. You can always mention the sources that had the greatest impact on your research on the bibliography section to avoid accusations of plagiarism.
Enrich your vocabulary by reading good literature, learn from professionals how to paraphrase even the common knowledge facts, and your reputation of a diligent student will stay intact.
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