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Preventing Plagiarism

Though not often stated, the academic world and the real world are often in opposition with one other. The basis for this is the supposed relationship that exists between academic knowledge and the actual knowledge required to function productively in the real world. Criticism surrounding this relationship state the difference between academic theory and the processes practiced in the real world. Proponents of this argument state that the theories upheld and disseminated in the academic world are outdated and outmoded, and do not have any bearings with the occurrences or what is currently happening in the real world.

The fact is that the real world moves at a faster pace compared to the academic environment. Practices carried out in the real world are usually tested and measured, and the deductive reasoning from those practices are immediately implemented to bring about any real results. However, advocates of academic proceedings respond that it is only through the academic world that the formal, consistent, measurable, strictly controlled and not-for-profit experiments can be carried out to bring any measurable influence on the proceedings of the real world.

Herein reside the purpose of academic research. Academic research offers scholars the opportunity to evaluate and provide criticism to existing beliefs, modes and practices, to arrive at more improved and better solutions. Through academic research, strides in progress and development in the different fields are observed and documented, providing room for improvement in these processes in the future. With academic research, the gap between theory and the real world is conveniently bridged at various opportune moments.

The presence of plagiarism in research papers could present a slowdown or complete halt in the progress of research in the academic world. Plagiarism is defined by the University of Oxford as the act of “presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgment”. The University asserts that all material, whether published or unpublished, accessed via print or electronic format, are all included in the above definition.

Measures are being put in place to deter the onslaught of plagiarism in papers, writings and distributed content. One of such attempt to deter plagiarism is the proliferation of plagiarism detection software in the academic environment. On course to replace manual detection tools, plagiarism software are able to scour different available content in a short amount of time to determine the existence of any form of content reproduction or duplication. Any detection of duplicated content without the relevant acknowledgement of the source of the content, the appropriate authorities are alerted, and the culprit is contacted to respond to the allegation. Penalties that have been awarded include the reduction or removal of grades on the student or alumni’s paper, and even the withdrawal of academic qualification.

With plagiarism regularly occurring on the internet, the development of plagiarism checking websites are on the rise. On these sites, manuscripts are submitted, and plagiarism detection tools scour the millions of web pages on the internet to determine if there is a match with the contents of the manuscript.

Educational institutions also provide support toward preventing the spread of plagiarism. In addition to having web pages on the education portal explaining and identifying cases of plagiarism, suggestions are made to faculty members on how to identify plagiarism in research papers. Some of these suggestions include:

  • Critically examining the contents of a manuscript not only to determine relevance to the subject matter, but also to determine if there is a break in flow as ideas are presented. This could denote that the researcher lifted information from more than one source and is attempting to connect the presentation of ideas from each source.
  • Comparing student’s past work with the present. The objective here is to determine consistency in student’s method of expressing ideas.
  • Evaluating student’s strength in expressing ideas in a written format with student’s proficiency in the English Language.
  • Observing the possibility of irregularities in methods of citation.

At Writing Peak, we carry out comprehensive research to ensure that your essay, research paper, course work or dissertation conveniently treats your subject matter. We also provide relevant guidance, not only to ensure you remain consistent in your research work, but indirectly to assist you to become a better writer. One option to ensure consistency in your writing is to have a sample available to share with us. We could also, on request, dedicate a writer who would work with you to efficiently meet all of your writing needs.

Writing Peak also offers plagiarism checking services to ensure your papers are plagiarism-free, and you can get the best grade for your efforts. Request a consultation with us.

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