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Hello, I am from "Applied Informatics" gr. IP-16. When submitting a term paper on the subject of "Web-technologies" on any attempt, the message "An error occurred during verification" is displayed when attempting to check for plagiarism.
I tried to upload a file in different formats, tried to remove all text with pictures and tables (there are no formulas in the document), tried to create a new document from scratch and write new text in it manually, tried to write a random set of words in a new document and also saved in different formats, but in all cases an anti-plagiarism check error occurs.
What should you do then? What could be the problem? Will this be fixed soon?
Identifying and Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism
Understanding the basics and avoidance of accidental plagiarism.
Theft of original work run rampant throughout the academic and professional world. When I had to write my term paper, I knew it is a beast that cannot be tamed, but can be understood.
Sadly enough, those who have already committed to the aspect of borrowing someone else's work without permission have already made the moral choice to steal intellectual property. In the academic world, these people would be treated without mercy; in the professional world, this can be akin to being outcast from the very same area in which said work was stolen.
However, not all plagiarism is intended. It is equally hard to battle the idea of plagiarizing as it is to prepare against it.
The Fear of Plagiarism
According to the writing service Write My Paper, students, at least twice a year (three times if they attend a summer semester), hear the same lecture every semester about plagiarism. It has grown so in-depth that typically this discussion takes up an entire page of the syllabus. Then students have to face the growing industry of web-checking professors and databases designed to search for stolen or copied phrases.
For these students, a storm is beginning to form. A torrent of doubt forces them to question every sentence, every word, and every idea that goes down on the page.
The end result?
Most students end up plagiarizing more work because they are afraid of sounding too much like one source than those who willingly set out to steal original work.
For example: Bob knows the definition of a word as it is in the dictionary. With that knowledge, he decides to do his best not to sound like said dictionary and looks the word up online. After finding a few different definitions, he creates his own amalgam of a definition, copying many sources, giving credit to none.
Evidence of this can be found in writing labs, classrooms where the professor offers early readings of assignments, and anywhere an assignment is due that requires sources. Too many students will prefer to either not use citations at all for fear of doing it wrong, or use too many quotes and run the risk of incorrect citations.
How To Fix Accidental Plagiarism
Become familiar with citation styles. These are just fancy ways of giving credit to those authors being used in the work. A simple citation like this (Blank Page Number) can mean the difference between stealing and full credit.
If something has been quoted, make sure the quotation marks are on both sides, followed by the citation. If a particular piece of information has been borrowed but rephrased into the author's own words, then make sure that the citation is there, if not the quotations. Alternatively, make sure the author's name and/or the title of the work is included in the sentence.
Use educational websites, for example, writemypaper.nyc. Not all sources are reputable, so who to trust? Typically a professor will let students know the kind of citations needed in a source-driven essay. If this is not the case, any college website should have a writing lab in which citation styles are given their own sub section. If there are still questions, go directly to the citation style's website or book; going right to the source is the best way to make sure all the guidelines are followed.
For professors: Don't put so much emphasis on the idea of consequences. The typical student is smart; he or she is aware of what can happen if you remind him or her two or three times as the assignment becomes due. Reminders every day can only incite panic and nervous reactions. If a student willingly refuses to listen, then those same consequences will fall upon his or her head, not the professor's.
Most schools have a service that offers tutoring. These kinds of labs (some of which are free) are more than happy to help. These tutors are oftentimes certified and, if they do not know the answer, they will make sure that the answer is found in due time. The same goes for professors: those giving out the assignment should have a plan for citations if they are required, and it is their job to ensure that it is learned. Do not be afraid to bring a work to one of these two locations.
Reputable style guides such as the Harbrace Handbook, or style dedicated texts of the Write My Paper for Me free service which focus on either MLA, APA, or Chicago style also have a great deal of importance in helping students. Some may be difficult to follow, as most textbooks are written as if the reader can understand everything before it, but each up-to-date textbook will have the correct version of it's citation style.
In the end, giving proper citation is giving credit. It is willingly admitting that an argument, debate, or research paper is only made stronger by using the words of someone who knows more about the subject.
There is no shame in finding sources and quoting them; the only shame is intentionally stealing the words from someone who worked hard to give them to the world.