10/21PlagiarismActivities Groupwork (RUNZE YU HANG YANG FENGLIN )

plagiarism activities


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


__F___ 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.

This is common knowledge. Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States

___T__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.

You need intext citation like which chapter/ part/ page.

___T__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.

It is self-plagiarism.

__T___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.

It uses information from the internet and without citation.

__T___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.

It just changes the explanation but still copies the ideal from the internet. In this way, it should bring a citation.

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


___T__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.

It only brings the source but it still needs citation at the end of the essay.

___F__2. In your paper on the history of aviation, you state the date of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight at Kitty Hawk.

Wright brothers’  first successful flight at Kitty Hawk is common knowledge.

___F__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.

This is common knowledge.

__F___4. You ask your mother about the steps she went through in obtaining a bank loan for a new car. You include this information in your paper.

This is your experience.

__T___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 paper.

It just cited the resources from the internet.

__T___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.

It should bring the citation.

9/30 Essay 2 free writing

Recently, the Chinese Sports Association once again advocated using physical fitness test results to determine the number of selected players. In a national swimming championship, two “new record-makers” were disqualified for the final due to poor physical performance. Even in the newly launched Chess Division A, many middle-aged veterans also need physical fitness tests. All athletes must participate in a two-day physical fitness test before the official start of the event, which includes a 3000-meter run, a 30-meter sprint, vertical jump, pull-ups, and trunk core strength. Only the top 16 athletes in the preliminaries and the top 8 athletes in the physical test can enter the finals. I think it is very wrong to use the data of the physical fitness tests as the decisive factor for judging whether an athlete is good. For example, the famous sprinter Su Bingtian said, “3000 meters belong to slow aerobic exercise. Sprinters focus on strength and explosive power training. If you train too much for long-distance running, fast muscles will become slow muscles and affect our explosive power. It is recommended that we focus too much energy on this.” This forced promotion and vicious shortcoming behavior are very unfavorable for athletes to challenge the limit in their field of expertise.


According to Malá, Zuzana, the author points some reasons why Japanese try to accept those regions in mountains, which is to get the benefit from these challenges. He mentions that the bodily experience of the participant described above relates to the idea of hardship, which is an intrinsic trait of shugyō. The eradication or marginalization of hardships and dangers has been seen as the allure of the pilgrimage by some authors (Reader, 2014: 98). Indeed, such a development might be observed from the macro-level point of view, and the case of Tateyama illustrates such a tendency. Yet, my observation of shugyō practices suggests that people are interested in certain bodily engagements in religious practices, which are dangerous or hard. ( P119, 2019, Malá, Zuzana)

9/2 in class writing

In Zhiheng wang’s response, he gives an opinion that trust is very important to arguments. Then he mainly talks about how to make my audience trust me. I agree with his opinion that we should declare the common value, speaking in the first person, and claiming authority. However, in his response, he thinks trust takes the most part of it. He also mentions that since he uses his own experience and this is the true experience, it can let my audience may have the same feeling about those things I argue about. Although you use the true experience, the feeling will be different by different people. Also, most of the time, only by personal experience can we better understand, which is hard to achieve by just telling others and hope they can get the same feeling with you.

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