Plagiarism can be a tricky thing to address. Within the English language, there are many phrases that just “work” and, because of this, are used over and over. So, sometimes plagiarism is simply just that, repeated phrases that work. However, there is also very real plagiarism that will cause your articles to get docked on the web.
Below is our official stance on plagiarism:
Remember: if the Edpresso team contacts you about plagiarism, and you didn’t plagiarize, do not take it personally. English is a language with a lot of similar phrases, the Edpresso team is not accusing, they are simply making sure that your article doesn’t get docked on Google for something unintentional.
Plagiarism: to copy someone else’s work and say it is your own.
Paraphrasing: to rephrase someone else’s words into your own words.
Paraphrasing is plagiarism if the original source is not credited.