Avoiding plagerism through the use of APA documentation style
The Importance of Academic Honesty
By Jamie Maher
APA style (American Psychological Association Style) is a style of writing that is recognized for the consistency of its rules and guidelines. These rules and guidelines help to insure the author’s content and holding a person accountable for the resources used and making sure that credit is given to the originator of the information. This set of rules and guidelines was developed to assist reading comprehension in the social and behavioral sciences, for clarity of communication, and to "move the idea forward with a minimum of distraction and a maximum of precision." (Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual).
As I recovered from the APA website, some aspects covered in APA are punctuation, abbreviation, construction of tables and figures, and most importantly citations of references. Early all aspects of writing are covered with this style of writing. I believe APA style writing effectively helps to keep the author honest as well as organized in their research. Citing references accurately is always significant to authors and publishers alike.
Plagerism is defined in numerous terms. However you define it, it means the same thing. Such practices as, turning in someone else’s work, failing to use quotation marks, giving false information about a source, and (among other things) changing words but copying sentence structure is how Turnitin.com helps to define dishonesty. Not giving credit to the origin of your information is the same as being dishonest. And for colleges and other learning institutes, plagerism is academic dishonesty and is dealt with in a number of ways. The repercussions for academic dishonesty can range from minor to quite severe depending on the severity of the infraction and the tolerance of the institution....
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