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Academic Fraud: Plagiarism, Deception, Fabrication and You

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In one of my first articles, I went off on something of a tangent when discussing plagiarism. Because the subject is so important to discuss, thoroughly and in detail, I thought that it would be a good idea to write an article covering some of the most prominent forms of academic fraud and dishonesty.

Read this article carefully, because it might just save your college career.

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How to Make Your Paper Longer, Part Two: The Sneaky Way

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I told you last week that trying to use tricks and chicanery to artificially inflate your paper’s length is the wrong way to go about it. Before I go any further, I want to reiterate the reasons not to use the tricks I’m about to tell you.  Continue reading

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Advanced Technique: Integrated Quotes

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In my recent video, I mention that your quotes within a body paragraph should be “integrated.” I give an example in the video, but, as I suspected, I feel the need to get more in-depth with it.

First, you should know what an integrated quote is designed to avoid: an interruption to the narrative of a paper. There is nothing worse when grading a paper than finding an ugly six-line block quote smack dab in the middle of a body paragraph. It’s a distraction that completely removes the reader from the point you were trying to make. Suddenly, the momentum you had built for your argument in the previous paragraph is stalled in your attempt to prove its relevance.  Continue reading

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Grammar: Your Friend, The Comma

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When I first started this website, I didn’t think I’d be writing many– if any– posts about grammar. Then… well, I thought about papers my students and classmates had me review. One thing became abundantly clear: people have no idea how to use commas.

Fear not. I use commas all the time, and I’ll clear up any confusion surrounding the matter. Continue reading

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Common Paper Writing Mistakes, Part Zero: Basic Errors

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I’ve mentioned some of these in passing in previous posts and in videos on my YouTube Channel, and I’ve actually gotten some messages asking about some of the basic errors people make on papers. Rather than respond to them individually, I figured I’d just make a master post compiling the most common ones that are easy to avoid.  Continue reading

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