Academic assignment is now a days, an essential part of the system. No matter what subject you choose, you will be assigned different short or long projects during your course. For these assignments, certain criterion is provided with the guidelines and suggested readings. Along with these resources, the students have to use several online available resources as well, so as to collect information and points of view of different authors on the same subject. Without doing so, one cannot ensure the reliability and authenticity of the project, however they have to fulfil certain obligations to do so.

In order to collect information and write in the assignment, you cannot use the same words as the author. In other words, you cannot copy paste the exact words from the book or article, but you need to paraphrase the text. For this purpose, you will have to state the same concept without altering the meaning of what has been said, but you have to write it completely in your own words. Pasting the same text from the material; referred as plagiarism, will cause a failure in the said assignment, and your project will be rejected. This cannot be hidden by any means because it is not checked manually but through a specialized software which provides plagiarism report and shows similarity index.

Rewriting and paraphrasing is considered to be a great challenge for several students. Those, whose native language is not English; find it really difficult to write the complicated academic concepts by the expert authors in their own words while maintaining the actual spirit. Sustaining the correct grammar and language is yet another challenge for them. In such situations, some of them tend to rely upon the online rewriting tools, offered by different websites. on these websites, you can paste the actual copied material and collect the rewritten text. Apparently, it seems to be a great blessing, because these websites also claim to offer grammar correction at the same place, but this is not so simple as it seems.

Let me share the disadvantages of using these websites; especially for the academic tasks. First of all, these sites run on "synonym replacement basis" which means that they will automatically replace some of the words with their synonyms only without restructuring the whole sentence. That means that if there is a need of restructuring according to the new word, it will not take place, and the new text will be technically wrong or most probably ridiculous. Secondly, it is not necessary that every synonym would be appropriate in that place and the assignment will be flawless. Third major drawback is that the assignment will still not be able to pass in the similarity index and it may contain at least 45-50% plagiarism which is a serious concern.

Let me explain how these problems take place. If the word is replaced by an appropriate word, it will become totally senseless. For example, for the word "concern", the system gives the first synonym "anxiety" and for "report" it gives "account". Now in the sentence, "as far as the report is concerned", the rewritten sentence will be, "as far as the account is anxiety". This sentence is really pathetic, and even you, yourself will not be able to understand how did you write this. Similarly, the structure issues will also cause problematic situation, since correcting the wrong things is more difficult than writing a new thing. the reason behind higher similarity is that the software cannot find synonyms of 100% words thus, similarity index will still remain higher.

Always use your skills to paraphrase the material, because this is the most authentic way; so you should always avoid such software and websites.

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