You might have wondered why your professor told you that you have plagiarized in your essay or research paper and failed you. Well, that happens a lot, especially to students who are not familiar with the academic writing style in the US. I've seen many students with excellent English fail a course just because they "plagiarized". Well, have they really plagiarized though?
It is hard to tell sometimes. However, I have had students who came into my office complaining about their professors failing them, but it turned out that they wrote everything by themselves. So, how can you follow the academic rules and avoid the plagiarism charge?
Here is something you can look into, and you can always refer to it as a guideline whenever you are working on your writing assignments. The website is developed by Purdue University, and it is extremely helpful. The website is below.
Sometimes students prefer to use the old-fashioned "Rules for Writers" to help themselves out whenever they are writing academic papers. If you think it works for you, you can definitely go for it since it comes in handy from time to time.
Anyways, remember to properly cite sources and make your bibliography when you write your academic papers to avoid plagiarism. Good Luck!