What is Plagiarism?

Item 1.

In the case below, the original source material is given along with a sample of student work. Determine if this is plagiarism. Then answer the question below by clicking the appropriate radio button.

Original Source Material Sample of Student Written Work

Technology has significantly transformed education at several major turning points in our history. In the broadest sense, the first technology was the primitive modes of communication used by prehistoric people before the development of spoken language. Mime, gestures, grunts, and drawing of figures in the sand with a stick were methods used to communicate -- yes, even to educate. Even without speech, these prehistoric people were able to teach their young how to catch animals for food, what animals to avoid, which vegetation was good to eat and which was poisonous.

(Quoted from: Frick, T. (1991; 2000) Restructuring Education Through Technology)

The first technology was the primitive modes of communication used by prehistoric people before the development of spoken language.


Bibliography:

Frick, T. (1991). Restructuring education through technology. Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation

 

Is this plagiarism?
No.
Yes, because it quotes another person's actual words, either oral or written; and it is not appropriately acknowledged.
Yes, because it paraphrases another person's words, either oral or written; and it is not appropriately acknowledged.
Yes, because it uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; and it is not properly acknowledged.
Yes, because it borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge; and it is not properly acknowledged.

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Credits

Plagiarism Lesson by Ted Frick | Last Revised: September 7, 2005 | Copyright 2000-2005, Indiana University

This tutorial site was developed by the Instructional Systems Technology Department in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington to offer students a chance to learn to recognize plagiarism. The Smith College Information Literacy Team is grateful for permission to use this tutorial as part of its program.