tv5's reaksyon weekend sent danny tamayo to get some tips from me about how plagiarism can be avoided. their interest in the topic was sparked off by the plagiarism allegations involving senator tito sotto.
well, i'm going to mention some tips in this blog entry, and to give credit where credit is due, i cut and pasted them from this website which you can visit if you want to: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/.
here are THEIR tips:
- Develop a topic based on what has already been said and written BUT write something new and original.
- Rely on experts' and authorities opinions BUT improve upon and/or disagree with those same opinions.
- Give credit to previous researchers BUT make your own significant contribution.
- Improve your English to fit into a discourse community by building upon what you hear and read BUT use your own words and your own voice.
some of you may ask whether i ever plagiarized. well of course i have, and that was way back decades ago when i was still a tiny tot in grade school. i loved the poet ogden nash so much that i passed off one of his poems as mine. i don't remember the exact poem, although i think it was a 3-line funny poem. i've lost that book but now that i think about it, i hope i get hold of it again. looking back, what made me plagiarize back then was plain ignorance. i didn't know it was wrong to plagiarize, and i was never told that plagiarism was wrong, because if i knew that it was, then i would never have done it :D