Confession #12: I might be plagiarizing. How can I tell?

Confession #12: I might be plagiarizing. How can I tell?

If you have repeated the words of another source without naming that source in what you’ve written, then you have plagiarized, and that’s not good. If you do any of the following, just cite your source, give them credit for having developed the content or concept, link to the source for more information, and you have not plagiarized.

  • Used words of others
  • Paraphrased words of others
  • Copied an entire article
  • Copied parts of articles
  • Repeated words from video or broadcast

So, you can do any of the above, you just need to remember to cite your source when you do.

What’s already done…

If you have not cited sources, here are some things you can do.

  1. On your blog, correct the posts or remove them. Go back and cite the source of the information you reused and link to the source. If you can’t remember your source or you have too many to cite sources for, then remove the post.
  2. On Twitter or Facebook, since you can’t change your tweets or posts, consider new tweets or posts that recognize the sources you haven’t mentioned before. You needn’t draw attention to the lack of attribution in earlier tweets or posts, just change your ways and cite sources from now on. Here’s an example:
  • Hartland Family Practice finds kidshealth.com is a great resource for parents, teens, and kids. Check it out!
  • New today on kidshealth.com – information about determining your child’s ideal weight.
From now on…

When you write new content, always give credit where it’s due. If it wasn’t your thought or your words, you must say whose thoughts or words you have repeated.

It is possible to use and refer to the content of others without misusing their content. For instance, on your blog, have an introductory statement by a physician that supports the material of someone else. Here’s an example.

In a recent blog post for KevinMD, Dr. Lauren Chasin says, physicians “have a responsibility to teach patients and to teach each other. This is why social media is so crucial to the development of medicine today.”

That’s why at Hartland Family Care, we want you to find us online – where you’re going for other information and using tools and devices that make it easier for you to find what you need to know.  Then you could go on to talk about the purpose and information delivered by each of the elements of your practice’s web presence (your site, your blog, your Twitter account, your Facebook page, the physician directories that include your practice, etc.)

You can also put the attribution at the end of your blog content. The attribution statement might read like this:

Information for this blog is from www.heart.org and www.strokeassociation.org.

The Bottom Line

However you decide to do it, give credit to the author or source whenever you refer to or directly quote the words or works of others.

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