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Plagiarism: How to Get it Out of your Life

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William Badke

on 2 March 2016

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Transcript of Plagiarism: How to Get it Out of your Life

In all of this you want to avoid ever having the reader believe that the words or unique ideas of someone else are
words or ideas.

A word to the wise:
Cite your sources.
If you make use of someone else's words or unique ideas, you must, in a citation, state who the source was.

And that source cannot be you.
Here's the rule, plain and simple:
Let's see some examples:
Plagiarism is a big deal in higher education.
Plagiarism is not about using other people's work but about
pretending that other people's words and ideas are your own.

It's fraud.
Here's the key:
Plagiarism is not about what sources you can use and what you can't.
It's about how you represent yourself to others.
Plagiarism: How to Get it Out of your Life
But how can we recognize it?

How can we avoid it?

And why is it such a big deal anyway?
Plagiarism does not have to be a deep mystery or a guessing game.

There are ways to make sense of it.
What would people say about you if you made the following pronouncements?

I invented basketball.

I created the iPhone.

I'm the genius behind Netflix.
It might seem harsh, but people would call you you a LIAR.

You claimed the work of others as your own.

Submitting someone else's article as if you wrote it yourself.
Copying phrases,
sentences or paragraphs from a source without
stating where you got them.
Reading a
unique idea
in a source
and then
off that
idea as if
you thought
of it
All of these examples have one thing in common:

The problem is not that you made use of a source,
But that you pretended
were the source.

It's misrepresentation,like pretending you invented basketball.
How can I use sources honestly?
If you quote, use quotation marks and a citation.
If you come across a unique idea in a source, summarize it and cite it.
But how do you know if an idea is unique?
It's unique if you can't find it in two or more independent sources.
Polar bear populations are under stress-
Not unique

Gormezano & Rockwell have shown that polar bears are finding land animals to eat -
Avoid paraphrasing (rewriting your source, sentence by sentence). Usually too much of the original source is left.
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