Harvard Guide to Using Sources: How to Avoid Plagiarism


Author of article:

DR. GAJANAN BHALERAO (PT), PhD Scholor, MPTH NEURO, Certified Adult NDT therapist. HOD Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Dept in Sancheti Hospital Shivajinagar Pune

Associate Professor & HOD  PT in Neuro Rehabilitation  DEPT at Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Shivajinagar Pune

Maharashtra University of health Sciences Nashik had organised the 7 days Research methodology course  at Nashik from 16/04/2015- 22/04/2015. In the workshop we  been stressed on to avoid plagiarism during research article writing. So some of the PhD scholar of workshop Ashwin Jawdekar  PhD Scholar (Community Medicine)  TNMC Mumbai  shared the link of Harvard Guide to Using Sources:How to Avoid Plagiarism. I liked the information so sharing with you all.

In the google group Dr. Prathamesh Kamble, B J Government Medical college, Pune  said that , -I have gone through the article. What I understood NEW about the plagiarism is ‘ it is not only taking over the written words of another but also ideas, methods, explanations, theory, a conclusion, a hypothesis, a metaphor, image or, anything of this sort without acknowledgment and with the intention that they be taken as the work of the deceiver.”

How to avoid it:

  • ALWAYS acknowledge the contributions of others and the source of his/her ideas.
  • Any verbatim text taken from another author must be enclosed in quotation marks.
  • patchwriting or paraphragiarism: Copying a portion of text from one or more sources, inserting and/or deleting some of the words, or substituting some words with synonyms, but never giving credit to its author nor enclosing the verbatim material in quotation marks, is also a type of plagiarism. This also should be avoided.
  •  Whether we are paraphrasing or summarizing, condensing, in our own words we must always identify the source of our information.
  • When summarizing or condensing others’ work we must not tamper the exact meaning of the other author’s ideas or facts.
  • While summarizing or condensing we must have a thorough understanding of the ideas and terminology being used.
  • It is our ethical responsibility to readers, and to the author/s from whom s/he is borrowing, to respect.

Thank u for ur initiative and then this enlightenment.

I m herewith attaching the file ‘Harvard Guide to Using Sources:How to Avoid Plagiarism.’ This article has more  practical points to avoid plagiarism, specially for those who are about to start the research, as in the case with everyone of us. I ve also highlighted, underlined and colored the points which I think are important.

I request everyone to plz go through it and lets have your views and discussions.

I also want to add here, that after the discussion with faculties and the colleagues during the workshop, I have started using ‘Mendeley desktop software’ for literature review and reference manager. I think this is very good software which can help us to avoid plagiarism as discussed in the article I have attached.

For Details please click here – Harvard Guide; How to avoid plagiarism

for web site -http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k70847&pageid=icb.page342057

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