I found some great writing on a web site. I cannot just copy and paste it into my essay or homework without a citation. That would be plagiarism.
I found some great writing on a web site. I will just copy and paste it into my essay or homework. I will put quotation marks around all the copied text. That is all I need.
It is OK to copy text from a book or web site without a citation, so long as I paraphrase. If I change any of the words, it is not plagiarism.
I found a new term on a web site I visited: “cognitive dissonance.” It means having two or more ideas in your head which cannot all be true. It is a commonly used term, but I have never heard it before. I will use that in an essay, but I will not mention where I found it. This is OK.
I read an article by a psychologist named Howard Gardner. In it, he described a theory he created called “Multiple Intelligences.” The theory says that intelligence is not just one ability, but is divided into many different talents, such as “language intelligence,” “musical intelligence,” and so on. I will explain this theory in my essay, but I do not have to say who created it or where I found it. This is OK.
My five-paragraph paper is due tomorrow, and I cannot finish it in time. I only can write two paragraphs. I have a better chance at a higher score if I just copy three paragraphs off the web and hand it in like that.
I was asked to write an essay in my class this semester. It is very similar to an essay I wrote last year. I cannot just change the class and dates at the top and hand in my old essay. Even if it is my own writing, resubmitting the same work is plagiarism.
I am writing an essay on the United States government. I did not know that the Vice President’s name is Mike Pence. I had to look that up. However, that is common knowledge, so I do not need to add a citation to show where I got the information.
My friend came up with a great idea about how we could change the LUJ registration system to make it better. She explained the idea in detail. My friend is not a researcher or famous in any way, so I can use her idea without citing the source.
I learned a fact from a TV show last year. I want to use that fact in an essay I am writing. However, I can’t remember the name of the TV show, or when it was broadcast. Because a citation is impossible, I don’t have to write anything. I will just state the fact without a citation. That is OK.
I copied and pasted text from a web site into my essay. Even though I did not think it was plagiarism when I did it, it is still plagiarism, and I will be penalized.
I quoted someone, but I did not use quotation marks or give a citation. However, it was a mistake: I intended to make those changes, but I just forgot. Because it was a mistake, it is not plagiarism and I will not get a penalty.
It is OK if someone else writes my essay, so long as I pay them for it.
I want to use an image of the planet Jupiter. The image was taken by NASA. Photographs by NASA are in the “public domain” (they have no owner), therefore I do not need to give a citation for it.
I want to use material written by a professional writer. I contacted the writer and asked for permission to use it. The writer said it was OK. It is still absolutely necessary to cite the author in my paper and correctly quote exact text.
I have information which I want to use in my essay. I am not sure if it is necessary to cite it or not. Therefore, to avoid trouble, I will not make a citation. That is the best way.
I wrote an essay with an idea I thought of. After I wrote my essay, but before I turned it in, I discovered that another person had had the same idea. My idea was original, but I should at least note the pre-existing idea in my text and cite it.
I want to use two paragraphs of information from a book. I was able to summarize the information in two sentences. It now looks completely different. I do not need a citation.
I found some information on a web site. It was just a personal blog, not a professional or academic web site. However, I still must make a citation.
I want to use several paragraphs from another student’s essay. The other student gave me permission. This would not be plagiarism.
I want to use several paragraphs from another student’s essay. The essay is more than 7 years old. This would not be plagiarism.
My Persuasive Writing teacher asked me to write an essay. By coincidence, my Philosophy professor asked me to write a very similar essay this semester also. I will write one essay, and hand it in to both teachers. This is OK.
John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” That is a really famous quote. Therefore, I do not need to use quotation marks around it.
John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” That is a really famous quote. Therefore, I do not need to give a citation for it.
I was doing my homework with my friend. She had the better answers, so we mostly used her answers for both our homework assignments. It was just 4 out of 10 answers. Therefore, it is OK.
I was doing grammar correction homework with my friend. I made a mistake on two of the problems. My friend noticed them, and told me where I made mistakes, but did not give me the answers. Now, our answers are exactly the same. However, my friend was just helping me, and I did not see her work. Therefore, it is OK.
I paraphrased my source by replacing about half the words.
That should be good enough.
I paraphrased my source by replacing as many words as possible.
That should be good enough.
I paraphrased my source by changing as many words as possible, and I changed the sentence structure and order. That should be good enough.
Any information, ideas, summaries, paraphrases, or quotations taken from someone else must be given a clear citation to show its source.