Why Is It Important to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Writing?

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Do you want others to copy your words and ideas, publish them with their names, and take all the credit for it? No one wants it. 

So, as a writer, you should also avoid copying and stealing others’ content because it is neither ethical nor legal. If you use this practice, you may find yourself in big trouble. 

For example, you may lose your reputation, face legal consequences, and may have to pay heavy penalties.

That’s why when you write anything, you must avoid plagiarism and ensure your content is 100% original. Even if you copy others, you must give due credit to the original writers.

In this blog, we will answer one of the most frequently asked questions about writing!

Why Is It Important to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Writing?

Here are a few reasons why you must avoid plagiarism in any case:

  • Search Engines Don’t Rank Plagiarized Content

Search engines always prefer to show unique and original content to their users. Moreover, they also encourage original content creators and discourage every unethical activity. That’s why they have a strict policy against plagiarism. Those who copy others’ content and publish them as it is don’t get anything against their efforts.

Apart from that, they also de-rank plagiarized web pages and websites, send copyright strikes to websites, and ultimately stop showing the repeat offenders in SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages).

Similarly, social media platforms, especially Facebook, also don’t like plagiarized content. So, if you are a digital marketer or content creator, you must not rely on unethical activity while creating content. 

Instead, you must bring originality to your content. That’s the only way to grow in the digital landscape. Otherwise, you will only ruin your efforts and get your websites blocked on search engines.

  • Plagiarism is Disrespectful

When you plagiarize others’ content, you show no signs of respect for the other writers. If you are not the real person behind an idea or word, you must not claim its authority. If you do so, you disrespect others’ intellectual contributions and the time and effort they have invested in creating a piece of work.

It is always suggested to give credit where it is due. That’s how you not only show respect but also indicate that you have done some research while writing your content. So, it ultimately makes your work more authentic and reliable.

  • Plagiarism Undermines Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is the biggest threat to academic integrity as it undermines the principles of academic integrity, including trust, honesty, respectfulness, and fairness. 

Moreover, those who plagiarize others only learn something during the whole writing process. Plus, they also don’t contribute anything to the knowledge. 

That’s why you may have observed that no academic institute bears the act of plagiarism. However, if a student or researcher is found guilty of plagiarism, they take serious action against them. So, as a student or researcher, you should always avoid plagiarism, put effort into research, and create original work.

  • Damage Credibility

Whether you are an artist, researcher, student, or blogger, building an excellent reputation in your domain requires a lot of effort and consistency. It may even take years to establish credibility. 

On the other hand, damaging it doesn’t take much. Just write a plagiarized article, and you will lose everything you have. People will forget everything you have done in the past and label you a plagiarist.

Whenever they read your name, they may not want to read articles as they may think it is also plagiarized. Moreover, they will not see you as a credible source of information. Therefore, plagiarism can be very dangerous for your credibility as a student, researcher, copywriter, or author.

  • Halts Personal Growth

The act of plagiarism is not only the biggest enemy of the academic world but also the plagiarists. If someone starts relying on plagiarism for any work, they may not be able to learn anything except the art of stealing others’ ideas. Consequently, they may not grow as they want.

Moreover, plagiarism hinders the development of creativity, subject knowledge, and critical thinking. Plagiarists don’t learn anything by using this trick to pass their exams or publish their work. 

On the other hand, the practice of generating original work provides many benefits. For example, it can help writers develop knowledge, boost creativity, and sharpen their writing skills.

How to Avoid Plagiarism?

As we have already learned why it is essential for writers to avoid plagiarism in their work, let’s look at the best ways to avoid plagiarism!

  • Use Paraphrasing Method

Sometimes quoting or citing other authors is essential to make our work more credible, especially when writing research papers, thesis, or assignments. That’s where the paraphrasing method can come in handy. You can paraphrase their work, especially the main idea you want to copy. And this method is acceptable everywhere.

If you don’t know how to paraphrase, you can use an online paraphrasing tool. That tool can recreate any work by changing sentence structure and rewording real work. 

A paraphraser can remove every instance of plagiarism and make the work unique. Moreover, it can also brush up on the language and make it grammatically correct.

  • Check Plagiarism

Before submitting or publishing your work, you should also use a plagiarism checker to check for any plagiarism in your work. That’s how you can easily find copyright infringements in your writings and remove them before submission.

However, dozens of plagiarism checkers are available online, and not all are accurate. Some show false positives, and others don’t detect plagiarism at all. Therefore, you must avoid using such tools and only use those plagiarism tools that are authentic and trusted by your fellow writers. 

  • Give Credit to Real Authors

Here is the best way to avoid plagiarism. Whenever you have to copy others’ ideas, do it without any hesitation, but give credit to the original authors. When you cite others and give credit to them, you clearly indicate that these words or ideas are not your own. Instead, you borrowed them from the person or people.

When you quote or cite others, you don’t claim ownership which is the biggest issue in plagiarism. Oxford’s definition of plagiarism states, “Presenting work or ideas from another source as your own.” According to Cambridge, plagiarism is “the process or practice of using another person’s ideas or work and pretending that it is your own.” 

When you are not presenting others’ ideas or work as your own, you are not plagiarizing them. So, give due credit to real authors, and you can easily avoid plagiarism.

Jenn Leach, MBA

Jenn Leach is a Houston-based MBA with over a decade of experience in the banking industry. She writes at Millennial Nextdoor where she writes finance, money, business, and lifestyle content to help millennials create additional income streams online. Join her on Substack at https://jennleach.substack.com.

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