Citing Sources & Avoiding Plagiarism

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Read the scenarios and answer the questions. Your answers will only be seen by you.

Scenario 1 - Barb: She has a Contemporary World History paper to write; she gets to choose her own topic. She already has a paper on a topic she loved, “How Japanese Animae Reflect Current Popular Attitudes Towards Women in Japan,” that she wrote for an East Asian Cultures course last semester. Barb plans to turn in this paper again for the history course after she cleans it up in response to her teacher’s comments from last semester.

Scenario 2 - Sarah: She’s got a research paper due on bioethics. She’s got a 10-page draft written, and has incorporated two sources, although the assignment calls for a minimum of 4. She has a good idea of what some other sources say, and she can find the citations for those articles online, so she puts in those ideas as if she’s paraphrasing, and cites the source she thinks each came from. The page numbers are another matter, so she leaves them out of one, and guesses on the other to make her citations look more complete. That is, she knows the information, but she just doesn’t have all the nit-picky details.


Who’s OK according to IU policy?

A Barb because your work is your own, so this is not plagiarism.

B Sarah because her remembered paraphrases are accurate enough, and she has most of the citation information for them. She isn't trying to plagiarize.

C Both are plagiarism

D Neither are plagiarism


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