Plagiarism is stealing someone else’s written content and using it without their permission. It also involves claiming that the content belongs to the perpetrator rather than the original owner. It is a heinous act that is severely punished in academic circles as well as by search engines.
The consequences of plagiarism are numerous, and each is devastating as the last. That is why it is essential to never commit it. Unfortunately, sometimes writers plagiarize without knowing they are doing it. This is known as accidental or unintentional plagiarism.
This type of plagiarism can land writers in hot water. So, it is important to learn some tricks to remove it. That is what we are going to teach you in this article¬¬–practical tips and tricks to remove plagiarism from your content.
Practical Tricks to Remove Plagiarism from Content
Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you noticeably remove plagiarism from your content. These tips will work regardless of your type of content whether be it an essay, white paper, or blog post.
1.Utilizing Plagiarism Checkers
The first step in removing plagiarism is to detect it. Currently, there is only one reliable way to detect it in content and that is to use online plagiarism-checking tools. These are tools that usually have a database of saved content which they compare the given text against. Some tools do not have databases, instead, they scrape the web and compare the given text against the content found on billions of web pages.
Both approaches work fine, and some tools even utilize both for maximum accuracy. Anyhow, the point is that using such tools is necessary as they generate reports that pinpoint which areas of the text are plagiarized and from which source.
Let us show you an example using a tool known as Check Plagiarism (https://www.plagiarismremover.net/plagiarism-checker).
This is a well-known freemium checker that generates good reports. We will test it using a blog post from a different blog (which should show up as plagiarized). And we got the following results.
The plagiarized content is underlined in red or yellow. The degree of plagiarism is also given. But most importantly, the sources of the plagiarized content are also given.
With this information, it becomes a trivial task of applying the rest of the tricks in this article to remove plagiarism. So, let us check them out.
2. Citing and Referencing
Citing and referencing are methods of crediting the original author of a piece of content. They are incredibly useful for removing plagiarism as they make one of the core requirements of plagiarism inapplicable. As you know, stealing is when you do not credit the author. But citing information deals with that problem handily.
So, what are citations and references? A citation is a small in-text piece of writing that gives some rudimentary information about the information that was taken from other sources. For example, in the APA format, a citation only contains the first author’s last name and the date of publishing of the source material. So, it may look something like this:
Sample text. (XYZ, 2019)
A reference on the other hand is the complete information of the source material. It may even be so detailed that it lists the page numbers from which the information was taken. An example of a reference in APA format is given below.
“Jerrentrup, A., Mueller, T., Glowalla, U., Herder, M., Henrichs, N., Neubauer, A., & Schaefer, J. R. (2018). Teaching medicine with the help of “Dr. House.” PLoS ONE, 13(3), Article e0193972. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193972”
This reference was taken from the APA style website. Both citations and references are necessary to remove plagiarism. They are incomplete without each other.
One thing you must make sure of is to follow the correct citation style that is required by your institute. We used the APA format in the examples, but there are plenty of other styles such as Chicago, MLA, IEEE, etc., etc.
Citing is easy to do once you know which sources you need to cite, and that information we already have from the plagiarism checker report.
3. Utilizing Plagiarism Removers
Sometimes plagiarism in a written work is not due to incorrect citations or missing references. It is due to your words matching verbatim with another source. This kind of plagiarism usually occurs when you are discussing public-domain topics. Anything in the public domain can be used without the need for crediting or citation.
That is why the only plagiarism that occurs with public domain information is verbatim plagiarism. This can be easily removed by editing the output. Because we have used a checker, we already know which part of the content is plagiarized. So, we can edit it.
Now the tip here is to not do the editing yourself. Instead, you should utilize a plagiarism remover. To demonstrate how a remover works, we picked one out because it was easy to use, and we liked it. Funnily enough, it is called “Plagiarism Remover” (talk about on the nose huh). Anyway, you can find it on this link: https://www.plagiarismremover.net if you want to use it yourself.
This tool can change the text to remove all traces of verbatim plagiarism. Let us see an example.
We used some text from a random text generator. If we check this with a plagiarism checker, it shows up as 100% plagiarized.
But it really is not because it is randomly generated through an open-source (thus public domain) tool. So, we ran the content through the plagiarism remover and then checked the output again. This time we got different results.
86% unique. So, that is how efficient the removers are. In just a few seconds, it changed the text to remove 86% of the verbatim plagiarism. Removing the rest is a cakewalk.
So, there you have it. Three practical tips and tricks to remove plagiarism from your work. We saw that to remove it, it is essential to detect it first. This is done by using a plagiarism checker. This arms us with a report that helps us to pinpoint and remove those instances. Then we can use citations and references to credit information and prevent such occurring. Finally, in the end, we used a plagiarism remover to deal with verbatim plagiarism.
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