A. Directions: Read the following scenarios and decide whether it is a case of plagiarism or not. ( Y or N ) and explain why .

_N____ 1. Kyoko needs to write a report on American politics. She looks up Barack Obama in Wikipedia and discovers he is the 44 th president of the United States. She includes this information in her report but doesn’t mention Wikipedia.

_Y____2. Tam is writing a paper on a novel for his English class. Since the whole class is reading the same book, he does n’t need to use a citation.

__N___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.

__Y___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.

__N___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.

B. Directions: Decide whether the inform ation described in each scenario will require citation of the source (Y or N) and explain why.

_N____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.

_Y____2. In your paper on the history of aviation you state the date of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight at Kitty Hawk.

__Y__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.

___N__4. You ask your mother about the steps she went throu gh in obtaining a bank load for a new car. You include this information in your paper.

___Y__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 inc lude this in your paper.

__N___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.

Original Text :

Alaska’s wetlands provide many benefits including: food and habitat for wildlife, fish and shellfish species, natural products for human use and subsistence, shoreline erosion and sediment control, flood protection, and opportunities for recreation and e sthetic appreciation.

Hall, Jonathan V., W. E. Frayer, and Bill O. Wilen. Status of Alaska Wetlands. 4 Nov. 1997. Web. 12 Mar. 2011.

___Y__William Ellis ass erts that world problems such as poverty, pollution, war, and hunger are inherent in the current system of world order based on nation – states and economic competition (p. 23).

needs to enter quotation marks.

___Y__Glob al tensions and inequities can be solved if people begin to help one a nother on a grass – roots basis, moving beyond the current world order of economic competition (Ellis 23).

Incorrect citation

__N___Ellis (2011) argues that global problems are often a result of exploitation inherent in economic competition. He contends that “grass roots….peo ple – to people linkages irrespective of national borders” can do much to ease global tensions (p. 23).

No plagarism

__Y___Economic competition is at the basis of many of the world’s problems (Ellis 23). Only by seeing ourselves as a single family without the separation of national boundaries can world tensions begin to be eased.

Incorrect citation


___N__Ellis (2011) argues that world problems are caused by overpopulation and that the only possible solution is an enforced tax on families who have more than one child (p. 23).

No plagarism


Student Version :

Alaskan wetlands offer advantages such as erosion and flood control, homes and food for wildlife, and na tural beauty and products for humans’ benefit.

2. Original Text :

Assertive individuals tend to feel more in control of their lives, derive more satisfactions from their relationships and achieve their goals more often. They also will obtain more respect fro m, and inspire confidence in, those with whom they interact since they tend to be viewed as strong characters who will not be easily swayed.

Hargie, O., Saunders, C., & Dickson, D. (2000). Social Skills in Interpersonal Communication. London: Routledge, p. 271.

Student Version :

Because they are not readily influenced, assertive people gain respect from others, and they experience success in guiding their own lives, nurturing good relationships, and achieving their goals (Hargie, Saunders, and Dickson, 20 00, p. 271).

3. Original Text :

A new to recycle bald tires has been developed by researchers at the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station. Instead of hanging them on trees as swings, they’re using them as mulch around the base.

“Tires Return as Mulch.” Popular Mechanics 94.2 (2000): 22. LEXIX – NEXIS. Web. 31 July 2011.

Student Version :

A Popular Mechanics article notes that University of Georgia researchers have found a new use for worn tires: instead of having them on trees as swings, they’re using them as mulch (“Tires Return”).