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How to Recognize Plagiarism

Practice

Practice 4 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: If one were going to be limited to a single method, then certainly the verbal report from a respondent would be the choice. With no other device can an investigator swing his attention into so many different areas of substantive content, often simultaneously, and also gather intelligence on the extent to which his findings are hampered by population restrictions.

Source: Webb, E., Campbell, D., Schwartz, R. & Sechrest, L. (1966). Unobtrusive measures: Nonreactive research in the social sciences. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally.

A) In gathering verbal reports from subjects the investigator can swing his attention into many different areas of substantive content, and gather intelligence on the extent to which his findings are hampered by population restrictions.

References: Webb, E., Campbell, D., Schwartz, R. & Sechrest, L. (1966). Unobtrusive measures: Nonreactive research in the social sciences. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally.

B) The advantages claimed for verbal reports as a form of data gathering are that "an investigator [can] swing his attention into so many different areas of substantive content, often simultaneously, and also gather intelligence on the extent to which his findings are hampered by population restrictions" (Webb, Campbell, Schwartz & Sechrest, 1966, pp. 172-173).

References: Webb, E., Campbell, D., Schwartz, R. & Sechrest, L. (1966). Unobtrusive measures: Nonreactive research in the social sciences. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally.

Your choice "B" was correct.

This example has not been plagiarized because quotation marks and proper citations have been used in the body text.

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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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