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TOW5- Avoiding Plagiarism

Posted on: September 21, 2010

Plagiarism is a dangerous thing. Not only is it unethical, but it can get you into a world of legal trouble.

Our textbook, Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques, simply states that by avoiding “cut-and-paste” techniques you can avoid plagiarism. If someone has written something that you like enough to copy it, give them credit.

But plagiarism isn’t always so black and white. There are often instances where you can plagiarise without even realizing it. By failing to completely or accurately cite your sources you can fall into the gray area that is plagiarizing. To avoid making this mistake, be sure to cite your sources as you research. It is also easy to accidentally plagiarise after researching a specific topic extensively. You become so comfortable with the subject matter that you forget to give credit to the sources you learned about it from. By citing a source for any information that is not common knowledge, you can be sure to save yourself from making this mistake.

In a corporate atmosphere plagiarism is NOT tolerated. People have been known to lose their jobs if plagiarism is even suspected. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse either. Stay on top of copyright and trademark regulations to avoid infringement.

Additional tips for avoiding plagiarism were found using Northwestern’s writing website and from, a website dedicated to helping people avoid plagiarizing.


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