Types of Plagiarism and How to Avoid It


Have you ever accidentally plagiarised or considered buying an essay? Why? 


The pressure of achieving good grades. Juggling work and study. Time pressure. Writer’s block. Stress. Anxiety. Deadlines. No other options. 


Plagiarism happens for many reasons and can be the side-effect of feeling stressed and stuck with only one way out: buy an essay. Justification: “But just this one time….”


If you feel like, have felt like this, have bought an essay online, or know someone who has felt like this then read on.


Know that resorting to plagiarism even just once in your academic career can come to bite you in the butt at any point in your life. Celebrities, politicians, even photographers have had their careers ruined because they plagiarised at some point in the past


With remote and online learning educators are even more worried about students cheating and how to prevent it. This has given rise to discussions and the use of anti-plagiarism and exam proctoring softwares, which don’t really address the reasons a student might be tempted to plagiarise in the first place. 



We believe that it’s better to help students like you master the skills that you need to write your own assignments confidently so that plagiarising is not an option you ever consider.


First, you have to understand what is considered plagiarism. So below quick rundown of the types of plagiarism to be aware of. 


There are the more obvious and problematic ones which are usually categorised as “Global” or “Mosiac/Patchwork” plagiarism:

  1. Submitting someone else’s work as your own: this happens if you try to re-submit someone else’s work as your own. Sometimes people try to use their sibling’s work or a friend’s work or even something they found online and pass it off as theirs. This one is pretty clear-cut cheating.
  2. Hiring someone to write for you: this is outright cheating. In some countries, like the United Kingdom and New Zealand, it’s actually illegal and in all jurisdictions, it is an act of fraud. 
  3. Copy-pasting large chunks of someone else’s work with bits and bobs of your own writing in between to pass off as your own or to pass plagiarism-checkers. 


Then there are the less obvious ones categorised as “Paraphrase”, “Verbatim”, or “Self” plagiarism:

  1. Copying and pasting something without citing it: this is also plagiarism but can happen through sloppiness, not on purpose. This can include any previous works of your own! So we always say it’s better to over-cite than under-cite. So make sure you quote yourself too if you’re referencing a previous idea or essay you might have written about. 
  2. Failing to attribute ideas or work to the correct author: this can happen through quoting or paraphrasing and forgetting to mention where the idea or the concept came from. Again, better to over-cite than under!

These more “accidental” instances of plagiarism can easily be avoided by listing down and organising your sources as you do your research, making sure you integrate quotations properly, using plagiarism checkers on your drafts, etc. There are tonnes of articles online to help you to avoid these. 



Second, you have to understand how to avoid the stress and anxiety which lead to the more obvious and more serious breaches of academic integrity, especially when writing an essay. To do this you need to know what you should be writing, how to present it, and what is expected of you. Once you know the what and how you’ll have the confidence that you can write well, quickly, and improve on your grades each time. This is where we can help.




We’ve built software to help you master the skill of essay writing. So you can focus on learning how to communicate your ideas quickly, clearly, and concisely rather than being worried, afraid, and stressed as you weigh the option of buying an essay. 


EssayJack is a long-term solution. You’ve probably heard the saying, “give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime”. In that way, our mission is to teach good writing structure and imbue critical thinking skills rather than allowing the system to pressure you into cheating and then trying to detect it! 




This does not mean we want you to become reliant on EssayJack, but to use it to learn and guide your writing until you’re confident enough to do it on your own. Until you’ve formed good academic writing habits that empower you to easily communicate your ideas in writing. Until you’re excited by the prospect of writing an essay, rather than feeling dread.


Oh, and to prevent you from accidentally plagiarising through verbatim, paraphrase, or self-plagiarising, we’ve included a convenient citations feature to help you note down the important information about your sources as you write so you don’t forget 


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