Avoid Plagiarism in Research Papers
Confused about what it means to put something in "Your Own Words"? Professor David Taylor explains.
Plagiarism Lesson. Complete your assignment to the left
Understanding Plagiarism: a Lesson and an Assignment
First familiarize yourself with Plagiarism:
- 1. Take the Indiana Short Plagiarism Quiz to test youself
- 2. Read:
- The Indiana University Definition
- Overview: when and how to give credit; recommendations; decision flowchart
- Plagiarism Cases: links to Web sites describing real plagiarism cases
- Examples: word-for-word and paraphrasing plagiarism -- 5 examples each
- Practice with feedback: identifying plagiarism -- 10 items
- Resources: Web sites, books, dictionary links, references
- When you're ready, take the Test. Keep taking it until you get all 10 right.
- Print the certificate, Fill in your name and info and turn it in to your clinical instructor.
This test will help teach you how to avoid these mistakes in your own work. Better to struggle with this quiz than to make a mistakes later with real consequences!
This test isn't easy-it took your friendly neighborhood librarian 3 tries to pass this quiz! Here are some tips:
- Plagiarism and citation is confusing. You cannot simply rely on "common sense."
- Pay close attention to the original sources, how they are used, and the details of the citations.
- The questions change every time you take the test. You can't simply guess to find the correct answers and then retake it to pass!
- Pay close attention to the definitions the test takers use for the different kinds of plagiarism. You need to identify the presence and type of plagiarism.
- Make sure that the citations given are absolutely correct.
- If you use seven or more words from a source you must directly quote it. Check indirect quotes for phrases from the original!
- Examples show types of plagiarism and what correct citations look like
- The Practice Test you will get feedback; the real test does not. Take the Practice Test to learn how the Test is organized and what correct answers look like.