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How to Recognize Plagiarism

Practice

Practice 10 of 10

Please read the original source material carefully and then select the entry, either "A" or "B," that you think has not been plagiarized.

Original Source Material: While computers are very good at certain tasks, such as diagnosing equipment malfunctions or performing mathematical functions, they are morons at doing things your dog or cat can do, such as recognizing you and acknowledging your presence. Computers lack qualitative intelligence, that is, the ability to identify those features that make each of us unique and different.

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

A) Computers can do some things and not others. They do not have the ability to identify those features that make each of us unique and different, but they are very good at diagnosing equipment malfunctions or performing mathematical functions.

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

B) Computers can do some things and not others. Frick (1991) explains that "While computers are very good at certain tasks, such as diagnosing equipment malfunctions or performing mathematical functions .... [they] lack qualitative intelligence, that is, the ability to identify those features that make each of us unique and different" (p. 30).

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

Your choice "A" was incorrect.

This example has been plagiarized because it neither uses quotation marks nor cites the author. The student re-organized the original material, and inserted portions of the material in different places within the new paper, but it is still word-for-word plagiarism.

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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.

  • Content Design: Elizabeth Boling and Theodore Frick
  • Instructional Development and Formative Evaluation: Meltem Albayrak-Karahan, Joseph Defazio, Noriko Matsumura
   
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