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Plagiarism and how to avoid it in professional writing

This solution offers a definition of plagiarism, along with a reference. It also considers how one can avoid plagiarism in professional writing. It also advises how you can determine if someone else is committing plagiarism.

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1. What is the definition of plagiarism?

Webster's Dictionary defines plagarisim as:

transitive verb : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source intransitive verb :

to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
? pla?gia?riz?er noun

Source- http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarizing

So basically anything that you did not come up with on your own can be considered plagiarism. Writing about historical events can be particualrly tricky since most historically significant events are already well documented. You can however merely write the facts about an event, but be careful not to use someone else's anaysis of the event as that goes beyond a mere factual account.

2. How can you avoid plagiarism in your professional writing?

The online Rio Salado College offers a comprehensive tutorial on how to avoid plagiarism and provides some good example to illustrate their points. I have attached this tutorial below for you to review.

"Avoiding Plagiarism

Most students would never intentionally steal objects. All too often, however, they steal another writer's ideas and words?they plagiarize. To be fair and to avoid even the appearance of plagiarism, always use your own words and generously credit ...

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This solution offers a definition of plagiarism, along with a reference. It also considers how one can avoid plagiarism in professional writing. It also advises how you can determine if someone else is committing plagiarism.

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