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15 Helpful Tips for Students: How to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Essays



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Plagiarism Stop sign

*Plagiarism is a massive problem at every academic level, and students often struggle to avoid the pitfall of plagiarism while navigating the complex art of essay writing.

The consequences of plagiarism can be extremely serious, from failing an assignment to failing an entire course. If you are looking for some help avoiding plagiarism, we have you covered.

Our list of fifteen tips for avoiding plagiarism will help you to produce original, quality essays every time. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to steer clear of plagiarism when you write your next essay.

  1. Learn the definition of plagiarism. By understanding what plagiarism is and is not, you will be more likely to avoid committing plagiarism as you write your own paper. Ignorance may be bliss, but it won’t help you avoid costly errors.
  2. Review your college’s academic honesty policy. Each school treats plagiarism a little differently, particularly in distinguishing between accidental plagiarism and intentional dishonesty. Be sure you know the consequences at your college for any plagiarism problems.
  3. Paraphrase rather than quote. When you use material from your sources, make it a practice to rewrite everything in your own words. If you don’t borrow any language, you can’t accidentally forget to put quotation marks around it
  4. Quote sources using quotation marks. Whenever you do borrow the exact language of a source, use quotation marks to clearly distinguish between your words and those of your source.
  5. Cite your sources whenever you use them. Don’t wait until the end of the paper to go back and sprinkle in citations. Whenever you use material from a source, add a citation right then and there to make sure you’ve documented your work thoroughly.
  6. Fill out your reference list as you go. Avoid accidentally forgetting a source by adding each source to your reference list as you use it rather than waiting until the end to try to compile the entire list all at once.
  7. Double-check your reference list. When you’ve finished your paper, make sure every in-text citation matches up to a source in the reference list in order to ensure that your paper’s sources are all present and accounted for.
  8. Be enthusiastic about your topic. Often, plagiarism is the result of a lack of interest and enthusiasm, which translates into carelessness. Write about what you love so you’ll be more likely to do the research and put in the effort to write it right.
  9. Know what not to cite. Common knowledge doesn’t have to be cited, so write about it in your own words to reduce the chances that you might accidentally plagiarize by trying to use someone else’s formulation of a common fact.
  10. Use an outline to plan your paraphrases and quotes. By outlining your paper before you begin, you’ll be able to identify when and where you will paraphrase and quote to make sure you know where all the citations need to go. This will also help you to ensure that you have the right balance between your own original ideas and those you borrow from others.
  11. Use a plagiarism checker to spot problem areas. Run your paper through an online plagiarism detection service and use the report you receive to identify potential problem spots in your paper that you can then go back and manually review.
  12. Use quality sources. When you use sources you find through a search engine search, you might run across plagiarized material, and using it can cause problems in your own paper. Evaluate each source’s credibility before you begin using it to make sure you are using only the best sources.
  13. Check image permissions. Yes, you can plagiarize images, charts, and graphs as much as you can text. Be sure that you have proper permissions and have given appropriate credit to the creators of any images, charts, or graphs you use in your paper.
  14. Slow down. Plagiarism is more likely to happen when you are racing through an essay. Going too fast can lead to carelessness, which in turn can create the conditions that lead to plagiarism. Slow down to make sure you do things the right way.
  15. Get professional help. Using an essay writing service can show you the right way to write your essay and work with sources without plagiarizing. A team of professional essay writers know how to create plagiarism-free papers and will be happy to help you create one, too.


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NBC Relaunches ‘Saved By The Bell’ on Peacock TV




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*When your favorite tv show goes off the air do you think about the lives of their characters?

Wondering where would they be now, what would they be up to now? “Saved By The Bell” fans will get those answers in the relaunch of the show on NBC’s Peacock.  

A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez) is a PE teacher and coach and Bayside and Jessie Spano ( Elizabeth Berkely) is a counselor at the school. What is Zack Morris (Marc-Paul Grosselaar) doing, well he is the governor of California, of course, Zack Morris became a politician. And as we saw in the wedding special “Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Vegas” he and Kelly Kapowski got married. They now of a son, Mac Morris who is attending their high school alma mater Bayside High. Mac Morris, played by Mitchell Hoog, seems like a Zack Morris 2.0. He is the popular kid at school who finds himself living in the shadow of his infamous father.

We talked with Mitchell Hoog about his role as Mac Morris and if he himself felt any pressure playing Zack Morris’ son. 

“ I don’t think I felt pressure to live up to the legacy of the Morris name, me as an actor I always put it within the story. So within the storyline, I have pressure to live up to my dad,” says Hoog. 

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Mitchell Hoog’s character isn’t the only character following in their parents’ footsteps. Jamie Spano, played by Belmont Cameli, is Jessie Spano’s (Elizabeth Berkely) son who also has to live up to his mom’s high school reputation.  

This reboot’s main focus is the new generation but having the original cast be so a large part of the show brings enough nostalgia for old fans to enjoy this new version of “Saved By The Bell.” It is said that the whole season is full of little Easter eggs that fans of the original should pick up on.  

Don’t miss “Saved By The Bell” streaming on Peacock from November 25.  


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Actors Dexter Darden and Belmont Cameli Talk About Their Roles in The New Saved By The Bell




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*The 90s sitcomSaved by the Bell” is returning to TV. The revised Saturday morning favorite will be airing on NBC’s new streaming service Peacock.

The show will focus on a new generation of Bayside High students along with some old favorites. Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is now the governor of California and come under heat as he is blamed for the closing of many low-income schools. To rectify the situation he proposes those students attend Bayside High.  

The transferred students find themselves adjusting to being out of their element, while the Bayside students try to play nice and make room for the new kids. We spoke with Dexter Darden and Belmont Cameli about their characters.

“It really is important to show that just where you are doesn’t necessarily have to be where you’re going to go. For Devante to come to Bayside and meet Jamie Spano and Mac Morris and have the opportunity to interact with all these kids who aren’t like him and not what he’s used to, it’s really special,” is what Dexter had to say about his character Devante.

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Belmont Camelin plays Jamie who is the son of Jessie Spano, played by Elizabeth Berkley. As a true fan of the original, you have to wonder if the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree?  Is Jessie’s son a passionate outspoken book worm kind of kid? Well only somewhat according to Belmont:

 “I don’t think he’s as strong about his academics but he’s certainly passionate and he’s a very expressive person. His mom has made him very aware of his feelings and relationships,” says Belmont.

Not only was Jessie a straight-A student she was also vocal about anything she felt wasn’t right, so it’ll be interesting to see her son be just as vocal as the show covers topics that the 90’s version didn’t cover.  

Check out the new generation of “Saved By The Bell” November 25 on Peacock.  


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TRAILER DEBUT: ‘MLK/FBI’ | Directed By Emmy Award-Winner Sam Pollard | Opens January 15



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*SYNOPSIS: MLK/FBI is an essential expose of the surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (labeled by the FBI as the “most dangerous” Black person in America), undertaken by J. Edgar Hoover and the U.S. government.

Based on newly discovered and declassified files, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government’s history of targeting Black activists.

Directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard, MLK/FBI recounts a tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.

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Sam Pollard

Sam Pollard

DIRECTOR: Sam Pollard is an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director and producer. His films for HBO,PBS, and the Discovery Channel include the documentaries Four Little Girls, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Slavery by Another Name, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me, ACORN and the Firestorm, Why We Hate, and Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children. Pollard also directed two episodes of the groundbreaking series Eyes on the Prize II. Since 1994 Pollard has served on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and lives in New York City.

RIVETING. A timely reminder that King’s struggle for racial justice wasn’t straightforward, nor is it close to complete.” – THE ATLANTIC, David Sims

“An engrossing, unsettling documentary. Rigorously focused on the facts of the past, the movie is also as timely as an alarm clock.”- THE NEW YORK TIMESA.O. Scott

“SEARING. Serves as a chilling reminder that white supremacy is not solely a partisan problem; it’s a cruelty baked into the fabric of our political system, poisoning it at every level. Change comes when we allow ourselves to challenge the stories we have been told about our history.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERJourdain Searles

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Director: Sam Pollard
Producer: Benjamin Hedin
Executive Producers: David Friend, Charlotte Cook, Jeffrey Lurie, Marie Therese Guirgis, Kate Hurwitz, Dana O’Keefe, and Steven Farneth
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Distributor: IFC Films






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