Hundreds of students get into troubles being accused of academic plagiarism due to inability to properly cite their sources.
15 January, 2014
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MLA format can be difficult to get a handle on. This is very understandable, and few students can get it right on the first try. One of the best ways to learn the format is to find an example of a research paper. There are actually a lot of reasons to look at example research papers, as long as they are plagiarism free. They allow you to see general examples of how research works, take a look at the kind of sources that go into each type of essay, and get a feel of diction for how each paper works. It is also possible that you can learn to avoid plagiarism, which will by itself destroy a paper.
So what is MLA format? MLA format is very simple in some ways, but a lot of small details can really trip you up. First, it stems from materials released by the Modern Language Association a few decades ago? They require a certain type of font, margins, and specific ways of dealing with how sources are integrated into a research paper. It is best to read up on the format and learn the rules, but ultimately it is nice to see them in action. This is a great way to see any mistakes that you are making and hopefully prevent them.
Plagiarism is a terrible thing that plagues academic communities. Plagiarism is nothing more than intellectual theft, and this is a very serious threat. Basically, when you lift words from someone else's work, you devalue the entire academic process, as well as weaseling out of whatever work you were supposed to do. You also steal their words from them, consider first how you would feel if someone did this to you. By looking at how MLA format research papers you find online avoid plagiarism, you can see how you might avoid it yourself.
But to find such an essay, you need to know where to look. There are two steps to this process, finding a suitable example essay and checking it for plagiarism. Plagiarism is quite easy to check, and there are several essay checking sites online that will actually determine what percentage of the work is plagiarized. These are often free, so it does not take too much effort to check them. Essays can be found everywhere, from writer’s forums to educational sites. A quick search on any major search engine can turn up dozens and dozens of articles and essays of any format and topic imaginable.
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