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WriteCheck's Writing Resources can help students and aspiring writers learn about how to avoid plagiarism and common grammar mistakes, as well as improve their writing style and techniques. Read a collection of helpful articles, watch how-to videos and hear interviews with customers who have learned about plagiarism, citation and other writing best practices from WriteCheck.
OK or Not? Poll Series
"OK or not?" This is an age-old question on plagiarism that arises during the writing process, whether from researching a topic, incorporating and paraphrasing sources, or supporting arguments within a paper. Students commonly find themselves in situations in which ethical questions are raised, and, all too often, students wonder whether the decisions they made were the right ones.
This new poll series brings to light common scenarios—specifically focused on plagiarism and perhaps a few examples on other forms of academic misconduct—and helps students better think critically about situations in order to make ethical choices.
- Is it ok to modify a quote to support your argument?
- Is it ok to miss a period or a capitalized letter in an MLA or APA citation?
- Is it ok to cite the first paragraph and paraphrase the rest of a cited source?
- Is it ok to cite a source without an author?
- Is it ok to do a Google search of your subject and use Wikipedia, blogs and other social sharing sites as sources?
- Is it ok to collaborate on a paper and share notes and paraphrase the same ideas?
- Is it ok to submit the same paper to different assignments?
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WriteCheck receives hundreds of questions from students around the world about plagiarism, citation, grammar/writing, and many other situations that may occur at or outside of school. The "Ask WriteCheck" column shares some of these questions, provides answers to help the inquisitor, and helps other readers who may find themselves in similar situations.
- A classmate and I coincidentally presented almost exactly the same report without knowing it. Was that plagiarism?
- What can I do to make sure my Facebook "friends" don't plagiarize my writing again?
Ask WriteCheck a question you may have about plagiarism, writing or a challenging situation!