What You Need to Know About Original Content
Adding quotes to your writing can sometimes be a great idea. A quote can help you support your arguments or opinions with the words of an expert or well known figure. A quote can also be a jumping off point off point for your own writing.
But when does using a quote become a problem?
Most writing sites specify that your content must be your own original work. In order to qualify as unique, it must meet certain criteria:
The words are your own – meaning you haven't copied chunks of it from another source, even if that source is not protected by copyright.
The ideas are your own – meaning you aren't just re-telling someone else's story in your own words.
Any quotes or paraphrases you do add are just a small part of the total text.
Using Quotations Safely
If you do copy a brief passage from somewhere, be sure it's properly enclosed in quotation marks or set off as a block quote. And always include a proper citation for the quote, so readers know where you got it.
Also be sure that no quote or set of quotes (and no paraphrasing of someone else's words) is the heart of your article. It should be a helpful addition only, and should never account for more than a small percentage of the total text.
Rewriting, Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism
If your entire post is a paraphrase of someone else's news story or expert business advice, you are not submitting original content. Paraphrasing or summarizing someone else's text this way is called rewriting, and it is considered plagiarism.
Let me be clear on this: rewriting is always plagiarism, even if you add a source to your post. This is because adding a source implies you simply consulted the original, not that your entire post is a paraphrase of the original. It's dishonest (plagiarism) to imply that the text is your own original thoughts and words (submitting to a site that asks for original content) and you're probably also committing copyright infringement.
You may think you aren't doing anything wrong, but the law and the professional writing community think otherwise – regardless of where in the world you live. The penalties for plagiarism are bad, but the penalties for copyright infringement are worse. Don't risk it!
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