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Q&A How can I make the plagiarism detector "Ithenticate" identify "θ-continuous" as a single word?

I have a problem with the similarity index of one of my works since the plagiarism detector "Ithenticate" identifies θ-continuous as continuous. In my university, all that matters is the similarity...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Heba ‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Canina‭

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Q&A I feel like I'm plagiarizing my story? [closed]

So my fears are kind of taking over my enjoyment of writing my book because I feel I'm doing something wrong. In my story I stole ideas from other stories. I took the idea of Bioshock's infinite so...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user27125‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Copying Certain Information From A Official Website

Hey Guys I was researching on a assignment I have to submit to my university. When i was about to copy certain information i went under the "Terms of Use" seeing if i could copy the said informatio...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by The Keeper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I use names of characters and groups that other authors/creators have used already?

After I began writing my series, I decided to type some of the names into Google. I found that the name of one my characters (Trent Steele) was used in an episode of The Simpsons. I also found that...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Ferus Olin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When does satire (parody) become plagiarism?

Stephen Fry wrote a novel called The Stars’ Tennis Balls, and claimed that only afterwards did he realize he’d rewritten The Count of Monte Cristo. Fry’s novel is set in modern-day England; Dumas’...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Lauren Ipsum‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?

My friend and I are writing a book in English in the Electrical Engineering field. At this stage, we need someone to proofread our texts and also to design the layout of the book, so we will need t...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Electricman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Unofficial Fan Fictions - How can I Secure Them?

For a long time now, I have been writing fan fictions based off of the storyline of a board game. I have posted these fan fictions on a website dedicated to the same board game. I am not the only w...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much is considered plagiarism?

I'm aware that some fictional work is loosely based on others, consciously or not. For instance, Lord of the Rings has some common elements with the Saga of Nibelung from the old Norse traditions. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Chaotic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How similar is too similar?

I have used the phrase: "There are not enough words in the tongues of men, elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, or beasts to describe how disgusting..." in a couple of reviews of mine, which some...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Devon Muraoka‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How is parallel construction viewed in literature?

I wrote a "take-off" on a French song using a technique that I believe is called "parallel construction." https://french.stackexchange.com/questions/6041/can-rustique-be-used-as-a-form-of-self-dep...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Tom Au‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How likely is the "five consecutive word rule" to detect "random," as opposed to intentional plagiarism?

I refer to the old fable that if you set enough monkeys at enough keyboards for a long enough period of time, they will (through random typing), reproduce the "Complete Works of Shakespeare," or an...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Tom Au‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A I noticed that several already-existing poems used the same highly specific puns and phrases that I used. Is this unintentional plagiarism on my part?

A bit of context: Exhibit A) I wrote a poem that had the line "crystalline crystal lines." I googled this phrase, just to see if it was out there, and I saw that it was. I had never read the poe...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by poetryfan66‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do I need to change the title of my book because it is similar to the Transformers Universe?

I used the name Primus and Primes for my book and these are from the transformers universe. My concept is totally different. Is this a copyright infringement? I introduced a secret society named ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Niranjan Mahajan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I Include a verbatim passage in my fiction without plagiarizing it?

In my novel, the MC goes to a resort and at the resort, they offer two types of Buddhist meditations. Those meditations are from another book and I cannot fiddle with the meditation steps without t...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it plagiarism to use Google Translate?

This may be a very very stupid question but I need to ask it. I have written my dissertation in my mother tongue first, then began to translate it as I will submit it in English. While doing so I u...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user36775‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I know which elements I can use from the work which orginally inspired me?

I recently read the Blood on the Stars series by Jay Allan and really enjoyed the idea of a post-Golden Age human civilization that has splintered into factions and is now at war with itself. I re...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by jwil408‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the best way to avoid plagiarism when importing information from a source?

I have been a habitual writer since my childhood but recently planned to move on to the next level and use my skills professionally. From last 7-8 months I am trying for small internships (paid /no...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Demietra95‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would employing the use of philosophical ideas in fiction without citing the sources be considered plagiarism?

I am working on a fictional book which would be similar to that of Winnie-the-Pooh in terms of its format and ability to be read, but I want there to be philosophical meaning to what goes on in the...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can my work be stolen if I post excerpts and ideas on critique sites?

Participating in writing-related sites (for example on critique sites) sometimes involves describing a plot problem or sharing an excerpt from my work. I'm usually vague because of the fear that s...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Nate_Writes‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I write a book of my D&D game?

I am a long time Dungeon Master of Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder. My games run in a custom world of my own making. However, I utilise a lot of the traditional lore and races of D&amp;D. I'm ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by linksassin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using species from another novel, in my novel, copyright infringment?

I would like to start a novel, but it would include Fantasy species such as Dwarves and Elves, etc. I got this idea after reading several of Tolkien's novels. If I write this novel it would have co...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Lenora‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Questionable behavior by editor

Last year, I worked for an organization that published a weekly blog on its website. The blog was also published as a newspaper column and was included in a weekly e-newsletter. One day, the owner...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by revazsurg‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I use Stephen Hawking's name in my Science fiction book? [closed]

I wrote a science fiction book in which, Alien species comes on earth and they meet with Dr. Stephen Hawking. Is it legal to use his name for the book?

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Niranjan Mahajan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Borrowing Characters

Would it be a violation of copyright and/or plagiarism to “borrow” a character from another novel? For example, I have a short story and want to include as a side character Ender (of Ender’s Game)...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by LN6595‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When does inspiration across artforms become plagiarism

Spoilers for Green Book in the E.g. section I listen to a lot of music and when I come up with stories I often use songs as a source of inspiration. However what I was wondering is are songs and...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by P.Lord‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is my book to similar to Matched by Allie Condie [closed]

I'm currently writing a book about a government that designs its citizens' DNA and assigns them each to a job or purpose in life best suited to improve the society as a whole. My main character doe...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jordan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A I feel like my book is too similar to famous existing novels? [closed]

I won't get into all the details, but my book is about four characters that realise that the universe isn't what it seems. They fight for power against someone who has held a long-standing dictator...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by avocado‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A On copyright infringement and plagiarism

So, I'm writing a novella about this guy named Peter, who is an actor living in LA. In the fall, he comes back to his hometown, a small town in New Jersey, after a gap of three years. He has a larg...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Anon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can a story be considered plagarism even though its in a different world

If there are two works with the same character name and family type can it be considered a plagiarized work even though the plot is different? One work is about two brothers raised by their father...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Shaniqua‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Questioning Plagiarism Rules

Who we are, where we came from and how we came to be what we are This sentence was flagged as plagiarized by Grammarly. So I looked up the cite that Grammarly says I am plagiarizing, and the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by J R Holt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I copy images from published books and use them in my paper?

When it comes to citing text from someone else's work, the rule is to provide a proper citation and source. Once you do that, you're off the hook. But when it comes to copying images it seems to be...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Bach‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A If I unnofficially create a theory and use it in my story, will it have any validity that I'm the author of such theory?

I have some theories that I've contrived, some are philosophical, others are logical or physical, and some are just jokes about life told in a theory format. But I'd like to use some of these theor...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are About pages copyright?

I am creating a website that serves as a directory of companies within a niche industry. In my site I would like to provide info on each of the companies and was wondering if it was ok for me to us...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by user26115‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How similar can I make fictional and real cultures?

If I use certain elements of a culture or language, how different should they be compared to the original? How different should the language used to reference those elements be? Examples: Can I...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by HvG‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the best way to cite non-fiction in fiction?

I'm reading a (proposed) novel for a friend, and they've used large chunks (as in, full paragraphs verbatim) from online sources within their text, usually sourcing from encyclopedias. The way they...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Frankie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to navigate potential self-plagiarism when using different online and professional personas?

I have a decently big online following (~40,000). This includes a blog, YouTube channel, Etsy, and other social media. My biggest thing is writing articles and blog posts, among some other content ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by q-compute‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to secure my written work from being stolen or copied before publishing?

I'm a newbie in the field of writing. After writing a book, I need to visit a number of publishers. So, how do I secure my written work from being stolen or copied before it's published? Is there a...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ga1406‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I keep from plagiarizing others?

I would like to start writing blog articles online as a guest writer. Most blogs have guidelines that have to be loosely followed; like what the niche should be, if it needs to be a list, and a bun...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Jason‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to deal with cryptomnesia (falsely recalling generating a thought or idea)? [closed]

Paul McCartney, upon composing the melody for "Yesterday", felt certain that it was too good to be original, and that he must have heard it before and just couldn't remember it: McCartney compo...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by NKCampbell‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I worry that my storyline is very similar to another? [closed]

I've written a story about anthropomorphic animals in a noirish setting solving murders. I came up with the concept and wrote the first draft about a year ago and am planning on releasing it soon. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Theta‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A I want to name a character something but j feel like people would say I'm copying Veronica Roth, my favorite author. What should I do?

I have a problem. I want to name a character (the main character's romantic interest) Tobias, but I feel like people would associate him with Tobias Eaton from Divergent, knowing how much I love th...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Jessie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much can I copy before it is considered plagiarism? [closed]

How many words may I copy from someone's work before I have to begin paraphrasing it?

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by romascom‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A I'm afraid of [accidental] plagiarism

I've recently written a screenplay about an alien invasion. A friend immediately commented that he found similarities (some general ideas, plot devices) with Half-Life 2: Ep 2, which I haven't even...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ggambett‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it required to cite the original author, when the original author is unknown and in a foreign language and adapted by an oral narrator?

Here's the scenario. Person A may read a story in a non-English language. As time passes, he still remembers the story and passes it onto his offspring. His children ask him about the author, but t...

0 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Double U‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the smallest amount of text that can be plagiarized?

Can the following be considered plagiarized? I am interested in finding out the limit of words one is allowed to use. Java is a programming platform that's used for developing computer applicat...

0 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Noah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What exactly is the "five (consecutive) word" plagiarism rule?

My understanding is that the toughest standard regarding plagiarism is the "five (consecutive) word" rule, which holds that, if there are five consecutive words identical to someone else's writing...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Tom Au‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A plagiarism vs. reference?

I just finished reading the annotated edition of Lolita, and Nabokov hid references to other works of literature everywhere. Lately I've also been considering ways to work in lyrics and other obliq...

0 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by kevboh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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