Involuntary plagiarism is a constant that complicates the life of the thesis students. Especially because currently the assessors and assessors use anti-plagiarism software to review the documents, which relate the textual citations with the level of similarity between the writings.
Generally the thesis students do not commit plagiarism in a premeditated way, but they do it because they do not know how to quote correctly, they do not know paraphrasing techniques, etc. Next we will describe some key points to eradicate the plagiarism of your thesis:
The safest and easiest way to avoid plagiarism is paraphrasing, that is, presenting the ideas of another author with your own words but quoting it. If the paraphrase is well done it is impossible for a software or jury to detect plagiarism. The jurors relate the paraphrase with the fact that the thesis student read and understood the author they are referencing, as a result, the paraphrase is very well seen by the professors.
Choose a thesis topic that you have mastered in your career
If you are writing about a topic of which you have no idea, what will happen is that you will go to other documents to copy content to paste in your writing. Therefore, the best thing you can do is select a topic that allows the flow of ideas easily, which is achieved with a topic with which you are familiar.
Avoid the appointment appointment
This occurs when a reference that includes another quote within the text is cited. This type of quote is found in the text as follows: as cited in … or cited by … This means that you took the idea of an author who had quoted who wrote the text you are consulting. This type of dating usually leads to involuntary plagiarism, because it is usually done literally. It is advisable that this type of quotation be used exclusively in references of books that are in a language difficult to translate or that is impossible to access it.
Do not put information without citing
If you find yourself investigating and you see something interesting in a book or internet (even in social networks) put it in your degree work but please, do not run the risk of committing a slight infraction just by omitting an appointment. That is not only a sign of respect for the authors but of decency.
Minimize the use of textual citations
Textual citations are necessary and it is difficult to build a thesis that does not include one of them. However, it is recommended that this type of quotations be used exclusively when you cite laws, sentences, famous phrases or lists. Otherwise it is advisable to paraphrase the quotations that you are going to use in your writing.
Do not focus on a single author or document but on the subject in general
Unless your thesis is about a specific author, you need to base the development of the document thinking about the subject and not a specific author. If you focus your attention on only one author, it is normal to go to his publications and copy what he said. Although there are writers and researches that are the highest authority in your area of knowledge, you will almost always find someone different who has written about it.