Useful Advice On Composing A Research Paper On Plagiarism


I found it kind of funny when my English professor assigned a research paper project on the subject of plagiarism. We all had a pretty good idea of constituted stealing or using information from another source and not applying credit. We also had a pretty good idea on what the consequences were if we were caught. But what was surprising is that we didn’t know the subject could be researched further in order to have a better understanding of it. Here’s some useful advice on what I did to compose my assignment:


  • Do some background and in-depth research
  • I had some idea of what I wanted to write about but I did search for some background information online just to get a sense for the types of issues surrounding the subject of plagiarism. I went to the university library to do a more in-depth search for academic resources I could site in my work. I recommend you keep detailed notes when doing this so that you don’t have to come back to find the correct citation information later in the process.


  • Create an outline of discussion points
  • Next, I gathered all of the information I picked up in research and arranged the best discussion ideas and supporting evidence in a detailed outline. I drafted a thesis statement to help guide the general direction of the entire work and after a few minutes spent re-arranging the outline I finally had something I could use to write a first draft.


  • Start writing the assignment first draft
  • Don’t wait until the last couple of days to get started on the first draft. Soon after creating your outline you should immediately begin composing a first draft that is written quickly and efficiently. This means not stopping every few minutes to make corrections. There will be plenty of time to do this later; the whole point of this exercise is to get all of my ideas down in one place.


  • Return to the work for a complete revise
  • After a few days on a break from my biology assignment, I returned to it and was able to revise with a completely critical eye. This is an important step in the writing process because it allows you to rethink or reimagine your paper. Take a look at making your argument more logical and effective by moving text, adding text or removing text.


  • Edit and proofread before submitting
  • Finally, college is no place to submit work that hasn’t been completely edited and proofread. Some of the best students I know have received low scores on what otherwise were great assignments because they didn’t give themselves enough time to edit and proofread. Be sure to do this before submitting any work at this level.