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What is plagiarism? How can you avoid plagiarism? 4 Steps to Take

The corporate world is filled with expressions, specialized vocab words, and various acronyms.

You probably already know some of the classics like ASAP and FYI, but have you come across the more advanced ones below?

And more importantly, do you know how to use them?

1. OOO

Stands for… Out of office

Meaning: When someone is out of office, it means they are temporarily not available to work due to being on vacation or another type of leave.

Relatedly, out-of-office messages are set as automatic replies to emails/phone calls to let everyone know that one is not currently available.


Employees have been instructed to set up OOO responses.

2. ROI

Stands for… Return on investment

Meaning: Usually expressed as a percentage, ROI is a numerical measure of the success of a financial investment. If the return is positive, a profit was made. On the other hand, a negative ROI means that a portion of money was lost.

Example: The ROI of my stock portfolio is at a modest 6%.


Stands for… To be announced/To be confirmed

Meaning: Sometimes an event or product release is planned but not completely fleshed out in terms of schedule. When this happens, TBA and TBC are used to announce that something is coming but does not have a fixed date or time yet.


The clothing line is set to launch, but the exact date is TBA/TBC.

4. WFH

Stands for… Work(ing) from home

Meaning: With the rise of remote work, this term has become much more popular over the last few years. Working from home is exactly what it sounds like: Getting tasks done at home rather than commuting to an office each day.


If necessary, would you feel comfortable WFH?

5. HQ

Stands for… Headquarters

Meaning: Most large firms and corporations have locations in multiple cities, but their headquarters are considered the main office and administrative center of the entire company.


Many tech companies have their HQ in Silicon Valley.

Plagiarism is defined as taking someone else’s ideas and passing them off as your own.

In writing, it’s considered literary theft if proper credit is not given to the original author!

While this form of dishonesty is not usually punished by law, it is highly frowned upon and harshly penalized in the world of academia. To steer clear of plagiarism, here are four steps to follow:

1. Cite sources throughout the text

If you learn something while reading or doing research and then want to include that information in your writing, you must cite the existing work.

This is the main idea behind giving credit to other writers. To do this, an in-text citation goes right after the sentence, and then a full reference is added at the end of the paper.

2. Paraphrase, summarize & reword

Rather than copying the original author’s exact words, it is often advisable to paraphrase or summarize their idea using your own thoughts.

If you can do this, it is also a great indicator that you truly understand the subject/material. Try to rework the phrasing and put your own spin on it!

(Note: Citations are still required if the ideas stem from an outside source)

3. Use quotation marks for direct quotes

When citing another writer word for word, three important bits of information are needed: their surname, the year of publication, and page number (if applicable).

Place these three items into parentheses in that same order, put the citation after the quote but before the period, and then remember to close off the actual quote with quotation marks.

4. Keep track & build a reference list

The reference list (also known as a works cited page or bibliography) goes at the end of the paper, and it shows all the sources used throughout the text. To keep track of each source, you can note them down as you go or enter the details into a bibliography builder like Cite This For Me.

Details typically needed: Author’s name, year of publication, title of work, publisher, and URL or page number.

Lastly, make sure to check with your instructor about which citation style (like APA, MLA, etc.) they expect to be followed!

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