Scholarly Writing and Plagiarism

ScholarlyWriting and Plagiarism


ScholarlyWriting and Plagiarism

Paraphrasingis the action of conveying the message of an author in a manner thatone has originally developed, but without altering the meaning of theoriginal text. It involves reading and clearly understanding what theauthor tries to pass across, then developing your words in conveyingthe same message (Gasper &amp Shepherd, 2011). Plagiarism, on theother hand, involves copying and pasting information from otherpeople’s work, without acknowledging the authors.

Aparaphrased passage from O’Conner’s book Woeis I

O’Conner(2003) suggests that one does not need to struggle to be seen as goodwriters. A good writer is one who can read with ease and, therefore,develop the right content for the actual readers. She suggests thatit is not the fault of the reader if whatever they are reading doesnot create meaning. The person to blame in such cases is the writer.Some writers confuse the readers by what they write thinking thatthey are creating the effect of complexity, but this remains to beconfusion. Simple and clear writing is good for the reader.


Inacademic writing, tools such as Grammarly and Turnitin have been ofmost benefit. Grammarly is relevant as a correction tool for sentencestructure, plagiarism, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary use, amongothers. It helps in shaping the text, to meet great quality. Turnitinhelps in checking plagiarism and highlights the areas that lackoriginality. It is an excellent tool but sometimes it captures eventhe paraphrased words.

Paraphrasingand avoiding plagiarism is mandatory. By considering such, thestudent focuses more on reading and internalizing the author’stext, thus creating more understanding, than in the situations wherethe student copies and pastes information, as suggested by Wallwork(2011).

Someonline resources are useful for scholarly writing. One such resourceis the Purdue Owl, which helps in demonstrating the formatting andreferencing of academic papers. In Purdue Owl, APA format, the titlepage has a running head at the top left corner and should have lessthan fifty characters (Purdue Owl, 2014). The title page alsocontains author’s information and full title of the paper, whichare center aligned, and located closer to the middle of the paper.


Gaspar,M., &amp Shepherd, M. (2011). Guideto assignment writing and referencing.Geelong, Vic.: Deakin University.

O`Conner,P. T. (2003). Woeis I: The grammarphobe`s guide to better English in plain English.New York: Riverhead Books.

PurdueOwl. (2014). Welcome to the Purdue OWL. Retrieved March 12, 2016,from

Wallwork,A. (2011). Paraphrasing and Plagiarism. Englishfor Writing Research Papers,151-159. Retrieved March 12, 2016.