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So You think You Know About Plagiarism: Answers


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So You think You Know About Plagiarism: Answers
1. Copying and pasting from the Internet can be done without citing the Internet page, because everything on the Internet is common knowledge and can be used without citation.
Your answer, F, for number 1 is correct.
The correct answer is F
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The correct answer is False because Web pages and other Internet sources are created by an author or authors, which means that if you use something from the Internet, you have to cite it.
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2. You don't have to use quotation marks when you quote an author as long as you cite the author's name at the end of the paragraph.
Your answer, F, for number 2 is correct.
The correct answer is F
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The correct answer is False because whenever you quote someone else's words you have to designate what they say by using quotation marks to show that you've borrowed it and to set it apart from your own writing.
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3. When you summarize a block of text from another work, citing the source at the end of your paper is sufficient.
Your answer, F, for number 3 is correct.
The correct answer is F
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The correct answer is False because when you summarize a block of text, you have to cite the source within your paper.
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4. If you quote your roommate in an interview, you don't have to cite him/her or use quotation marks.
Your answer, F, for number 4 is correct.
The correct answer is F
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The correct answer is False because citing a conversation is not different from citing an article or a book. Whenever you quote someone's words, whether they're printed, spoken or sung, you have to cite them.
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5. You don't have to quote famous proverbs because they're common knowledge.
Your answer, T, for number 5 is correct.
The correct answer is T
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The correct answer is True.  Proverbs are common knowledge, and therefore don't have to be cited.
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6. If you borrow someone's idea and use it in a paper, you don't have to cite it.
Your answer, F, for number 6 is correct.
The correct answer is F
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The correct answer is False because any time you quote, paraphrase or summarize someone else's words or ideas, you have to cite them.
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7. Using a few phrases from an article and mixing them in with your own words is not plagiarism.
Your answer, F, for number 7 is correct.
The correct answer is F
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The correct answer is False because using someone else's words without acknowledging who wrote them--even when you blend those phrases with your own--is plagiarism.
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8. Song lyrics don't have to be cited.
Your answer, F, for number 8 is correct.
The correct answer is F
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The correct answer is False because any time you use someone's words or ideas, no matter what the form, you have to cite it.
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9. If you come across the phrase "era of error" and use it in your paper, you should cite it.
Your answer, T, for number 9 is correct.
The correct answer is T
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The correct answer is True because whether it's two words or ten, you have to credit your source any time you use someone else's words.
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10. The date for George Washington's birthday is common knowledge which means you don't have to cite the source in which you found it.
Your answer, T, for number 10 is correct.
The correct answer is T
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The correct answer is True because George Washington's birthdate can be verified in several different sources which means it's common knowledge and you don't have to cite it.
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The number of questions for this test is 10
You answered 10 correctly.
Credit >> Adapted from Robert A. Harris's book The Plagiarism Handbook : Strategies for Preventing, Detecting, and Dealing with Plagiarism, Los Angeles, CA : Pyrczak Publishing, 2001

(c) University Libraries, The University of Southern Mississippi.
Information compiled by, Kimberly M. Gay, Academic Reference and Instruction Librarian 2010


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