How do you avoid plagiarism?

United States
March 3, 2007 11:38pm CST
Sometimes when you watch as much television and read as much as I do I blur what I've heard/read somewhere else and what I've thought of myself. Usually I realize when I am thinking of something that's already been done, but sometimes I get confused about whether something is too similar or not. For instance, I took some of the main ideas for my book from a TV show, but its really not that similar its just along the same theme. What do you consider plagiarism and would you consider my situation plagiarism in any form or just an inspiration from a TV show? How do you avoid this happening in your own work?
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@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
4 Mar 07
There are only so many ideas out there. If you COPY the whole plot, lines from it, even out right take it whole cloth - that's plagerism. If you take just the idea, change things around, even change the ending, that is not.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
Thanks that was the way I was thinking I just wanted to erase any doubt and future worries.
@JWREDBUD (28)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I only consider it plagiarism when most words are the same. I believe many ideals we already have have been looked at already. Ideals are borrowed thoughts we share with one another. How we assemble such thoughts and put them to paper is our own choosing. If you just copy and paste then you are such a waste. As long as the thought and ideal doesn't look exactly the same and from one source it's not plagirism.is
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@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I wouldn't think getting an idea would be plagiarism but if you followed the same story line it could be. As all of my writing is done for the internet I have to be very very careful about researching and not using the same wording at all that someone else has used. We (the company I work for and I) check for this, there is a company online you can put your article (has to be on a web page) in and it will find all the other sites that have any duplicated wording. One of our writers was fired recently for plagarism - some of his work was word for word copied while almost everything else he had done had at least a pharagraph or sentence copied word for word. REally bad thing was the client found this out before we did.
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