Avoid plagiarism

Tips for writing and citations

For research-based written work, there are rules to follow in order not to be accused of copying/pasting or plagiarism: put text in quotes, add references and footnotes, apply citation standards, write a bibliography, etc.

In order to promote copyright and intellectual property, you must indicate the sources you use. By not cheating, falling for plagiarism or duplicating content, you can:

  • Attest to honest behaviour
  • Promote original creations
  • Contribute to research
  • Attest to the quality of your work

 In this page, Compilatio lays out the key points to provide you a deeper understanding of best citation practices. 

"Why is plagiarism prohibited?"

How should you cite your sources?

Bibliographic references should follow a precise citation standard.

The standard determines what to include and in what order. It is either chosen by the writer or imposed by the educational institution. You should verify which standard to follow before writing an internship report, dissertation, thesis or any other research-based work. In all cases, only one standard should be used for the entire document to ensure consistency, which the grader will appreciate.

The 4 most commonly used citation standards are:

  • The Harvard Reference System citation standard
  • The APA citation standard
  • The Chicago Style citation standard
  • The ABNT citation standard

 

Quotation marks required

Quotation marks required

  • Individual work that was already graded
  • Quotation (copied word-for-word or translated)
Quotation marks not required

Quotation marks not required

  • Individual work
  • Restated idea (paraphrase)
  • Restated and translated idea
  • Visual (image, graphic, photo, illustrations)
  • Common knowledge (legends, historical events, etc.)

How can you check for text you've borrowed and verify your references with Studium?

1
Create an account Studium and upload the document
2
Choose your package based on the number of words to be analysed
3
Run the plagiarism-detection tool and analyse the results
4
Correct your work using the sources found for guidance
5
Submit your writing without worry and indicate that it was checked by Studium

Where should you include bibliographic references?

In order for copyright to be respected, bibliographic annotations may appear in several places in your research work:

  • In alphabetical order
  • Chronologically
  • By type of content
  • In order of appearance in the work

 

References required

References required

  • Individual work
  • Restated idea (paraphrase)
  • Restated and translated idea
  • Visual (image, graphic, photo, illustrations)
  • Common knowledge (legends, historical events, etc.)
References not required

References not required

  • Individual work
  • Common knowledge (legends, historical events, etc.)

Why should you check for duplicated content in your work with similarity-detection software?

High schools and universities want their students to succeed in upholding copyright and academic integrity. The aim is to preserve the value of the diplomas students earn. With this goal in mind, students' work is increasingly analysed by plagiarism-detection software.

The Studium software solution is intended for students who want to analyse their work before submitting it to ensure that they have complied with best practices for citing and referencing any Internet sources they used.

Studium helps you find sources you've used and instances of copying/pasting, evaluate the originality of your work and create a thorough bibliography.

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