Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism
Success Strategies in the Master of Science Program in Nursing September 23, 2013
There are few topics among scholars that will cause as much discussion as the topic of plagiarism. Perrin (2009), describes how the word plagiarism is derived from the Latin word for kidnapping. There really is no better way to describe plagiarism than to call it kidnapping. Plagiarism may take many forms but it always involves claiming work is your own when it is not (Perrin, 2009). The purpose of this paper is to identify when plagiarism has taken place, how to correct it, and how to avoid plagiarism in scholarly writing. Extent of Plagiarism
After reading and comparing the two passages it is clear that the student has plagiarized the original passage. To determine the extent that the student has plagiarized we need to understand the three types of plagiarism. The easiest to identify type of plagiarism is whole paper plagiarism (Perrin, 2009). In this type of plagiarism the whole paper is copied. The second type of plagiarism is called copy and paste plagiarism (Perrin, 2009). In this type the student may just use parts of the work or sentences from the work but still the work is not their own ideas. In the third type the student carelessly uses another’s ideas without crediting that person. An idea that should be a direct quotation will not have quotation marks or the author’s ideas and language is blended into the students work. In this passage I believe the writer is guilty of copy and paste plagiarism because the language is basically the author’s language that has been shifted and rephrased. The writer is also guilty of careless plagiarism for using the original author’s exact words and not quoting it specifically to the author. Two Sentences Plagiarized
The first sentence in the original passage that is plagiarized is “Yet unless there is evidence of misconduct (the deliberate misrepresentation of something as...
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Perrin, R. (2009). Pocket guide to APA style; 2009 update. Mason, OH: Cengage Learning.
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