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What is Plagiarism?

What is plagiarism?

Attention! IconPlagiarism is defined as presenting someone else's words or ideas as your own.  But did you know that there are many different types of plagiarism?

 

Types of Plagiarism

Copying or Direct Plagiarism

This is when you take someone's words and present them as your own with no changes or attribution.  

 

See the example below.


Student Writer: Source:

Edgar Allen Poe is best remembered for his dark tales of the macabre, but many readers aren't aware of his personal political views and how they informed his writing. Poe did not write extensively or comprehensively about the abolitionist movement. We do know some of his thoughts on the issue from  book reviews that he published in various publications in the 1830s and 40s. Much of his criticism of abolitionists concerned not the essential principles of the cause but what he viewed as the anti-slavery fanaticism of many Northern editors and writers that prevented the publishing success of Southern identified writers like himself. 

"Like most of the political issues of his day, Poe did not write extensively or comprehensively about the abolitionist movement. What little that is known of his views of abolitionism is recorded primarily in book reviews that he published in various publications in the 1830s and 40s. Much of his criticism of abolitionists concerned not the essential principles of the cause but what he viewed as the anti-slavery fanaticism of many Northern editors and writers that prevented the publishing success of Southern identified writers like himself. "1

1Christian Jones, Paul. "The Danger of Sympathy: Edgar Allan Poe's ''Hop-Frog'' and the Abolitionist Rhetoric of Pathos." Journal of American Studies, vol. 35, no. 2, 2001., pp. 239-254.

Patchwork Plagiarism

Using phrases or sentences from another author's works and including them in your writing without quote marks or citations.  

See the example below.


Student Writer: Source:

Teens with strong social support networks are less likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors and are more likely to experience unintended pregnancy.  Two important factors in social support networks are parental involvement and the peers that teens spend time with.  Teens with parents who are more involved tend to choose to delay sexual initiation, whereas teens whose friends engage in risky sexual behaviors are more likely to engage in the same behaviors.

"Social support networks are important for the health of adolescents. One important part of social networks for adolescents is parental involvement. Adolescents whose parents are more involved tend to choose to delay sexual initiation and are at a lower risk for unintended pregnancy (Hoskins & Simons, 2015; Viner et al., 2012). In addition to parental involvement, the peers that teens spend time with also have an impact on pregnancy rates. Females who have friends that engage in risky sexual behavior are more likely to engage in the same behaviors and are more likely to experience unintended pregnancy (Hoskins & Simons, 2015)."1

1Danawi, Hadi,PhD.M.P.H., Zenobia Bryant M.P.H., and Tala Hasbini M.S. "Targeting Unintended Teen Pregnancy in the U.S." International Journal of Childbirth Education 01 2016: 28-31. ProQuest. Web. 10 Aug. 2016  .

Paraphrasing

Rewording, rearranging, and re-writing in your own words another's author's work while maintaining the same line of argument or idea without a citation or attribution.  

See the example below.


Student Writer: Source:

The killing of the albatross is especially shocking because it seems to come out of nowhere, with no motive on the part of the mariner.  Such an emphasis on the lack of motive or foresight is especially interesting given Coleridge's own subscription to the Unitarian moral theory, and the emphasis placed on motives in the designation of responsibility within that moral code.

"It is within this already disoriented field that the crucial moment of the narrative occurs: the slaying of the albatross. There are two especially strange elements to this killing. Firstly, as many critics have pointed out, it happens without any apparent foresight or motive. In one stanza, the Mariner is describing vespers in the moonlight; in the next, the Wedding Guest is shocked by the terror in the Mariner's face: the killing simply happens. This is particularly interesting given the weight that the Unitarian moral theory to which Coleridge subscribed at the time placed upon motives, since the determinative effects of motives were, in their compatibilist analysis of volition, the only marks of responsibility."1

1Stokes, Christopher. "'My Soul in Agony': irrationality and Christianity in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Studies in Romanticism 50.1 (2011): 3+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Aug. 2016.

Did you know...

It's possible to plagiarize yourself?  Reusing your own work from a previous class or assignment is plagiarism too!  

See the example below.


Student Writer (new paper): Student Writer (paper from last semester):

The Supreme Court of the United States of America serves an important function as one of the three branches of the federal government. The court hears many types of cases,a nd their rulings can have far reaching effects.  For example, in 2007, the court heard a case in which the state of Arizona issued a proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency, requesting that pollution permitting authority be handed over to the state.

The first case, the National Association of Home Builders v. Defenders of Wildlife, exemplifies cases in which the Supreme Court has been called on to interpret the exact meaning of the ESA and its limitations.  In this case, the state of Arizona issued a proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency, requesting that pollution permitting authority be handed over to the state.

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You be the Judge!

This Interactive Tutorial from the University of Leeds link will open in a new windowwill help you learn to recognize different forms of plagiarism, as well as identify good and bad practices related to writing.

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