What Is Plagiarism And How To Avoid It? How To Prevent Plagiarism?

What will you learn?

  1. The different types of plagiarism in research
  2. Understand the reasons behind plagiarism
  3. Discover key methods to avoid plagiarism
  4. The do’s and don’ts when paraphrasing


Course Description

All authors need to rely on secondary information besides their own findings, and it is easy to blur the lines of sanctity without intending to. The slightest misstep may inadvertently lead to plagiarism, which in the field of scientific research is a serious concern. So what if you want to cite another researcher's work in your own paper? Is there a way to incorporate previously published work into your own writing without being accused of plagiarism?

Through this program, you will learn about the different types of plagiarism, intentional and unintentional, and understand how critical it is to clearly distinguish between your own ideas and the borrowed ideas on which your research conclusions may be based. You will also get expert tips and practical techniques to help you organize and synthesize data, acknowledge references, add the correct citations, and judiciously paraphrase your interpretations based on borrowed data to avoid plagiarism.


What topics will you cover?

  1. Introduction
  2. Objectives of this course
  3. What is plagiarism?
  4. Types of plagiarism
  5. Reasons for plagiarism
  6. Examples of unintentional plagiarism
  7. Examples of intentional plagiarism
  8. Ways to avoid plagiarism
  9. How to detect plagiarism
  10. Acceptable and unacceptable paraphrasing
  11. Copyright infringement
  12. Summary
  13. Check your understanding


Course Narrator:

Dr. Christina Cho, Cancer biologist, Freelance scientific and medical writer

Christina Cho, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and is investigating the molecular mechanisms driving the development and progression of colorectal and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas. She’s spent the last ten years working in academic research, developing a range of skills that will help her lead a research laboratory. Her skills include the ability to independently develop and execute experiments, lead research projects, teach and train junior postdocs and students, write manuscripts and grants, and give oral presentations in both intramural and extramural conferences.


Your Instructor


R Upskill
R Upskill

Part of Cactus Communications’ R ecosystem of tools and solutions for researchers, R Upskill is a learning platform that comprises of the largest collection of researcher-focused programs, developed by top academic experts. Learn anytime, anywhere with bite-sized online programs on research writing, journal publication, career development, science communication, funding, researcher wellness, and more. Our multi-format programs come with expert advice, practical examples, and a certificate on course completion, which allow researchers to apply what they’ve learnt to excel in real-world scenarios. Trusted by top academic institutions, and over 15,000 researchers, R Upskill empowers researchers to master new skills on the path to all-round researcher success.


Course Curriculum


  What Is Plagiarism And How To Avoid It? How To Prevent Plagiarism?
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