It’s very easy to find information for a research paper but it’s not in most cases simple to add information to your paper without becoming a victim of plagiarism. The tests gives guidelines on how one can avoid plagiarism in while writing a research paper to ensure that it is free of plagiarism.
From the quiz I undertook on plagiarism, pre-test score was low as compared to post-test score which was higher. Only four questions were answered correctly in the pre-test quiz. This was due to limited knowledge I had about detecting, preventing and dealing with plagiarism. In quiz one, I answered wrongly the second question because I dint know that question marks are used when you quote someone else work. The question marks are used to show that the work belongs to someone else and not my own writings. When quoting a source, it’s recommended to use the quote exactly the way it appears because no one would like to be misquoted. After learning this concept, I was now able to answer the question correctly in post-test quiz.
Another challenging question was question was the 4th question. The question was testing on citation as a tool to avoid plagiarism. From the information given on citation, it’s highly recommended that any time you quote someone’s words whether printed, spoken or sung, it’s vital to cite them. Question 5 was still testing on citation and I dint answer it correctly. I got to learn that proverbs don’t need to be cited since they are common knowledge. Another question that challenged me during the test was question eight which tested on whether songs or lyrics should be cited. It was clear that citation was necessary in this case as long as someone’s ideas or words are utilized irrespective of its form. The last question was yet another challenging problem in trying to avoid plagiarism. The date of George Washington birthday was not to be cited since it’s a common language. This statement was so confusing but after going through a number of articles about citation, I got to understand it. Citing is considered to be a very effective way to avoid plagiarism in your work (Ken, 2009). After equipping myself with knowledge on citation as a way to avoid plagiarism, I managed to give the correct answers in post-test quiz.
From the tests, it came to my realization that I need an improvement in certain areas so as to perfect myself in avoiding plagiarism at all costs. From my own understanding and assessment, I feel like I need more improvement in the area of citation since this the area where I answered most of the questions wrongly. It’s sometimes very difficult to get to know the areas that need to be cited when researching on a paper (Corey and Janice, 2003). Think I can be able to improve in the areas that I had misunderstanding through writing down the citations of my sources during research. This will help me to keep track of the bibliographic data from the each of the sources I use. I will also be required to take notes carefully so as to distinguish sentences that am quoting directly with quotation marks. This will also help me to know the exact thing is quoting. Keeping a research log will also help me to improve on citation. This will help when trying to recall the database I used when researching on that particular article.
Corey, S, &Janice K. (2003). Performance Appraisal Phrase Book: The Best Words, Phrases, and Techniques for performance reviews. Canada: Adams Media.
Ken, L. (2009). Performance Appraisals and Phrases For Dummies. New York: Wiley.
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