A. Directions: Read the following scenarios and decide whether it is a case of plagiarism or not. (Y or N) and explain why.
__No___ 1. Kyoko needs to write a report on American politics. She looks up Barack Obama in Wikipedia and discovers he is the 44th president of the United States. She includes this information in her report but doesn’t mention Wikipedia.
-She uses information from wikipedia but just common knowledge.
___Yes__2. Tam is writing a paper on a novel for his English class. Since the whole class is reading the same book, he doesn’t need to use a citation.
– Because he is writing a paper on the novel and he needs to give credit to the author.
_Yes___3. Sugi wrote a paper for his European history class last semester and got an A on the paper. This semester, his Political Science class is addressing some of the same issues that are in his History paper. He checks with his professor first who agrees with Sugi, so he uses the material from his History paper.
-He needs to cite his own work, even if it is his own. He needs to cite the previous paper.
__Yes__4. Ramiro, Stephan, April, and Chris are working on a group project. Chris submits his work and the others suspect that some of it came from the Internet, but it sounds good, so they submit it.
-They should check it before submitting.
___Yes__5. Maria finds a lot of good information for her paper on the Internet. She carefully changes the wording and prepares a good paraphrase. She doesn’t copy anything verbatim.
-Even after paraphrasing you have to cite the work.
B. Directions: Decide whether the information described in each scenario will require
citation of the source (Y or N) and explain why.
___No__1. You clearly identify the source at the beginning of a paragraph that summarizes the
author’s ideas about teenage drinking. Since readers will naturally assume all of the ideas in
the paragraph are from the source, no additional citation is necessary.
-Credits are given to thee author at the beginning.
___No__2. In your paper on the history of aviation you state the date of the Wright brothers’ first
successful flight at Kitty Hawk.
-Just the Fact(date) is being used.
__Yes___3. In a paper on the civil rights movement you find some general, well-known background
information in an encyclopedia. It is obviously common knowledge, so you copy the
information and include it in your paper.
-As it is taken down from the INTERNET, you have ton cite it.
_No____4. You ask your mother about the steps she went through in obtaining a bank load for a
new car. You include this information in your paper.
-it is just a primary information.
__No___5. You skim a 325-page book entitled Using the Internet. A major theme throughout the
book is that the Internet is an important technological achievement. You include this in your
-You have read the book thoroughly and you are reflecting upon it.
___Yes_6. You find an article that takes the same position you have taken on the subject of gun
control. To save time you summarize in your paper a portion of the argument from the article,
since the author’s ideas are identical to your own.
– The idea comes from a different source, you must cite it.