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How to Recognize Plagiarism

Practice

Practice 9 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: Media experiences equal human experiences .... People's responses show that media are more than just tools. Media are treated politely, they can invade our body space, they can have personalities to match our own, they can be a teammate, and the can elicit gender stereotypes. Media can invoke emotional responses, demand attention, threaten us, influence memories, and change ideas of what is natural. Media are full participants in our social and natural world.

Source: Reeves, B., & Nass, C. (1996). The media equation: How people treat computers, television, and new media like real people and places. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

A) Reeves and Nass (1996) describe many experiments they have carried out to test the theory that people interact with media as if it were other people. They have shown in multiple ways that even when people know objectively that images of people on television screens are not real, or that computers are machines instead of human beings, we treat these things as if they were real -- were human.

References: Reeves, B., & Nass, C. (1996). The media equation: How people treat computers, television, and new media like real people and places. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

B) People interact with media as if it were other people. Even when people know objectively that images of people on television screens are not real, or that computers are machines instead of human beings, we treat these things as if they were real -- were human.

Your choice "B" was incorrect.

This example has been plagiarized. Although the student has paraphrased correctly, no credit has been given to the original author of the ideas. Also the student has not included the source in the reference.

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Credits

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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