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RWS 3355: Workplace Writing: Plagiarism Exercises

Plagiarism Exercises

What Kind of Plagiarism Is It?

Instructions: Use the bullet points below to figure out what type of plagiarism it is.

  • Excessive repetition (poor paraphrasing of another’s words)
  • Improper citation (not citing from a source properly)
  • Improper Idea borrowing (not citing someone else’s ideas)
  • Fraud (creation of false sources)
  • Verbatim/Forgery (turning in another person’s work as your own)
  • Not applicable
  • Self-plagiarism (stealing from yourself)

Example #1:

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man,”

                                          -John F. Kennedy

Reference:

John F. Kennedy Quotations. (2016). John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.  [Web page]. Retrieved from: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Quotations/Inaugural-Address.aspx

Kennedy is famous for telling Americans to do something for their country rather than ask that their country do things for them. In other words, Americans should not expect that the government do things for them. The government doesn’t create the people, the people create the government. Kennedy also said that people around the world should not expect America to do things for them, but instead work together to create freedom. In other words, don’t expect America to create freedom on her own. It takes collaboration from many countries to create freedom.

                                                 -Mr. Morales

What type of plagiarism is it? : ______________________________________________________

Example #2:

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man,”

John F. Kennedy

Reference:

John F. Kennedy Quotations. (2016). John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.  [Web page]. Retrieved from: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Quotations/Inaugural-Address.aspx

“One of the Presidents made a memorable comment about “Don’t ask the nanny state to help you,”…”

-Mr. Morales

What type of plagiarism is it? :  ______________________________________________________

Example #3:

     E = mc2

- Albert Einstein

    The relationship between mass and energy is expressed by the equation: E = mc ... 

-Mr. Morales

What type of plagiarism is it? : ______________________________________________________

Example #4:

“Do infinite parallel universes mean that anything is possible -- that there are planets out there with dragons, superheroes, or flying cars?

If space is infinite and uniform, meaning it's full of stuff and not just an empty vacuum, then anything that can happen, will happen. No matter how unlikely it is that humans are going to evolve here, we know that the chance isn't zero, because it happened once. But we don't know the chances for dragons and superheroes. If something's against the laws of physics, then it wouldn't happen anywhere,” says Tegmark (Hulick, 2011).

Reference:

Hulick, K. (2011).Parallel Universes: Where (Almost) Anything Is Possible!. Odyssey, 20(3), 10.

“If parallel universes exist, there’s a possibility that mythical creatures, such as unicorns, and Superman can and will exist. Unless, of course, it’s against the laws of physics,”

-Mr. Morales

What type of plagiarism is it? : ______________________________________________________

Example #5:

"The data shows that citing your sources is 80% of academic success. 99.9% of  NASA scientists say so. The rest is having a positive attitude,"

-Mr. Morales

What type of plagiarism is it? : ______________________________________________________

Example #6:

“Is there a copy of you reading this article? A person who is not you but who lives on a planet called Earth, with misty mountains, fertile fields and sprawling cities, in a solar system with eight other planets? The life of this person has been identical to yours in every respect. But perhaps he or she now decides to put down this article without finishing it, while you read on,” writes Tegmark (2003).

Reference:

Tegmark, M. (2003). Parallel Universes. Scientific American, 288(5), 41.

“Is there a copy of you reading this article? A person who is not you but who lives on a planet called Earth, with misty mountains, fertile fields and sprawling cities, in a solar system with eight other planets? The life of this person has been identical to yours in every respect. But perhaps he or she now decides to put down this article without finishing it, while you read on,”

-Mr. Morales

What type of plagiarism is it? : ______________________________________________________

Example #7:

“One can inadvertently become a plagiarist through the simple act of omitting a quotation mark,”

-Mr. Morales

One can inadvertently become a plagiarist through the simple act of omitting a quotation mark,

-Mr. Morales

What type of plagiarism is it? : ______________________________________________________

 

"Real World" examples

 

Instructions: Divide into teams. Work with your partner(s) to identify the following:

1) What is the issue?

2) What type of plagiarism is it? (If there's more than one type, mention it)

3) What was the result/consequence of aid plagiarism?

4) How would you have resolved or avoided the issue?

5) Do you agree with the verdict/consequence?

Examples:

The Case of the Miraculously Prolific Joke-telling Minister

The Mysterious Case of the Reporter Who Made the News

The Not-so-Singular Case of the Suddenly-Stranded-Abroad Student

The Case of the Phantom Quotes

The Curious Case of the Girl with the Perfectly Prolific Photographic Memory (Or Was It?).

The Case of the Professor vs. the Lie-detecting Machine

Review

The Plagiarism Game

Instructions: To see what you absorbed today, take a study break by playing the Plagiarism   Game: Goblin Threat (created by the Lycoming College, Snowden Library, Williamsport, PA).

 

 

APA Citation Game

      Instructions: take a break by playing the APA Citation Game.

      Citation Game: http://www.citationgame.org/

What was your score? : ___________

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