How to Avoid Plagiarism

I’m currently a student at uni and have been writing some articles about anime and video games for my uni’s website. I was tasked mainly to cover reviews on shows and games, my biggest problem as of recently is how am I supposed to avoid being accused of plagiarism and copyright infringement when it comes to reviews and guides for older shows and titles especially games that has been thoroughly explored and covered in detail. Where’s the line is drawn for plagiarism and copyright infringement? at one point I had one of my guides taken down because the editor accused me of plagiarizing said guide from Wiki pages that I only used as point of reference and detailed data for the boss fights and hidden drops.

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The key to avoiding plagiarism is… to not plagiarize! But accidental plagiarism can occur if you do not have an understanding of what plagiarism is so let’s discuss.

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Beginner’s Guide: Going From 0 to 100

Question: How do you begin to take the first steps for writing in video game journalism out of college and where do you go from there? How do you work yourself up to a company like IGN?

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My answer to this isn’t specific to college grads (though congrats if you’ve just wrapped up a degree!). Anyone can go from 0 to 100 regardless of professional background, educational training, or age. Of course, this isn’t to make light of the hurdles you’ll face or the years of hard work ahead of you. It’s worth noting that I’ve touched on this topic a bit before so definitely check out How Do You Begin? and My Biggest Piece of Advice for College Students for more insights. For the sake of brevity I’m going to assume that you already love writing and video games and are just ready to get started. Here’s a very short version of what you need to do.

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