Plagiarism is something that every student and writer tries to avoid at all costs. The tricky thing to avoid is accidental plagiarism. While there are people that will steal other people’s work on purpose, some of the best writers have plagiarized by accident without even knowing it until it was too late.
The main reason that this happens is because we’re reading so much material and at times when you find something more specific, you end up remembering the wording as if it were your own thought. The bad news is, all plagiarism, even accidental, is wrong.
If a subject has been covered, it’s always best not to cover it unless you are able to come up with a new, fresh angle. Once you’ve written the article, have someone take a look at it. It’s important to have fresh eyes reading it, because those will be the ones that can catch something that you missed or accidentally directly worded from another source.
There is so much information that can be found on the Internet. When doing research narrow it down to something specific. Don’t look for topics that are too broad. Do a search on a specific fact or piece of information that you want your article to focus on. Have multiple sources. Never just rely on one website because you could potentially copy what you find on that site.
Accidental plagiarism happens all the time… even to the best writers. It’s important to do a lot of research and work on the article piece by piece in order to avoid any kind of plagiarism. Remember, even accidental plagiarism is a crime in the journalism world.