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Is Someone Plagiarizing Your Work?

Writing

Is Someone Plagiarizing Your Work?

by: Michael Southon

About two weeks ago I received an article submission that immediately attracted my attention. The title was identical to the title of an article I wrote and which was published in ‘WebProNews’ in May 1999.
“Probably just a coincidence”, I thought to myself, and kept reading. But the first paragraph stopped me in my tracks. It was quite clearly plagiarized from my article. As I kept reading I recognized sentence after sentence that had been lifted from my article and then modified slightly.
The whole article was plagiarized. I could hardly believe it. As the English say, I was ‘gob-smacked’.
What Is Plagiarism?
‘Plagiarism’ comes from the Latin word ‘plagiarius’, a kidnapper. Here are two dictionary definitions of plagiarism:

‘[to] tak...

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The Top Five Mistakes That Companies Make with Reg

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The Top Five Mistakes That Companies Make with Regard to Technical Documentation

by: V Berba Velasco

I’ve seen it time and again. One of the most common weaknesses that I’ve seen in engineering companies—indeed, an almost universal fault—is the lack of proper technical documentation. Some would laugh this off as a minor detail; however, the repercussions are often severe. A company’s entire future can be made or lost based on the amount of attention they pay to this issue.
Over the years, I’ve identified five problems that I’ve found to be particularly common when it comes to writing technical documentation. I’d like to share these thoughts with you, in the hope of preventing others from falling down the same paths.
1. Not having any user manuals
Don’t laugh...

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PublishAmerica – Publishing Parasites

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PublishAmerica – Publishing Parasites

by: Eddie Bruce

I have to admit to being readily impressed by company names. Maybe it’s an age thing. You see, I was around when we had nationalised industries here in Britain, you know, British Railways, British Gas, British Steel, British Road Services, etc., etc. Those companies may have been over-staffed and under-efficient but you always knew you could trust them, and a product marked “Made in Britain” had class – in those days. Even after they became privatised the word “British” in a company name still, in my subconscious at least, gave that firm a stamp of approval. Those were the heady days when we had some traditional industries and workers could rely upon union protection to prevent their jobs being shipped out to third world countries.
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How Does Spellchecker make you Lazy?

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How Does Spellchecker make you Lazy?

by: David Parton

It’s a crime what laziness can do. That’s the downside of automation and software tools. People get lazy.
Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and I depend on Spell-checking software to help with my writing. It finds the typos but it does not find all the spelling mistakes.It does not find the contextual mistakes. What do I mean by that?
Here’s an example: “The kid’s got heat.”
Maybe, the “kid” is a pitcher with a really wicked fastball. Or maybe, I meant to type “heart” as in:
“The kid’s got heart.”
The absence of one letter can give you two wildly different interpretations. Ol’ Robodunce, spellchecker won’t spot gaffs like that.
Remember, in school how you used to struggle over the proper usage of “there, they’re, and their?” Some p...

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Why You Don’t Write Your Book

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Why You Don’t Write Your Book

by: Suzanne Falter-Barns

In the ten years that I’ve taught people how to get on with their books and creative projects, I’ve noticed a phenomenon that I’ll call “Author’s Block.” Would-be writers can, indeed, sit down and work when pressed to it. The problem is that they’re not so sure they want the pressure of being an author. But they do want it. But they don’t. And so on.
Ah, the agony of getting on with your book.
Well, I’m here to diffuse that situation with a list of the key reasons we have trouble sticking to our writing or other creative projects. Perhaps this will help the next time you find yourself polishing doorknobs instead of sitting down to work.
Check all that apply to you:
You Lie To Yourself About Why You Can’t Write The Book
You think your s...

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