Students guided how to avoid plagiarism, use “Turnitin”

Students guided how to avoid plagiarism, use “Turnitin” | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – A workshop at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) discussed journals recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Plagiarism, its reasons and use of the software “Turnitin” which detects the plagiarized material.


The workshop was titled as “Awareness of Modern Research Procedure, HEC Recognized Journals and Plagiarism Policy”, which was conducted by Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of the university in collaboration of HEC. Research students were informed and guided by Acting Director QEC, Dr. Irshad Ahmed Arshad in his valuable lecture regarding the categories of the journals and requirements and measures to make research a valued work. Three sessions of the workshop discussed the HEC recognized journals, steps to avoid plagiarism and demonstration of the software “turnitin”.

The participants explored the ways to make their research published in a professional way while they were apprised to make the acknowledgement of data necessary to avoid bitter consequences.

“Over quoted material may fall in plagiarism and to avoid the data detection as plagiarized one should rephrase, quote and summarize the data in ones own words” Dr. Irshad maintained. He added ineffective note taking like mentioning not the source and copy paste may put the researcher in “Plagiarism trap”.

Students were also informed that publication process of their research could also be done by their own selves. Participants raised various question while few also pointed out flaws in the detection software and took guidance from the experts about their problems being faced in research.

Lectures by Head department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology Dr. Jabar Zaman Khattak and Assistant Director QEC Imran ullah Marwat were termed as valuable addition to the knowledge by the participants. Dr. Irshad Ahmed Irshad also vowed on the occasion to conduct such more workshops in future regarding research.

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Sidra Rana

Sidra Rana is Islamabad based Pakistani Journalist. As a special correspondent of PakistanTribe.com she writes on current affairs, education and social issues.

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