Plagiarism-by-Paraphrase Risk Quiz
Are you in danger of committing plagiarism while paraphrasing a source? The most common form of college-level plagiarism is not produced by intentional theft of another's ideas. For predictable reasons, it happens when students try to paraphrase published scholarly sources. Student writers are still learning the vocabulary and methods of the discipline, so they know fewer alternatives to the phrasing of the original passage. Also, student writers aren't always aware of just how careful one has to be when borrowing ideas even when the sources' words have been changed. Documentation errors (e.g., citing pages or dates and identifying sources), if severe enough, also can expose you to a charge of plagiarism instead of being treated as a format error.
These quizzes offer an anonymous way to test your ability to distinguish plagiarized from correct paraphrases, and to detect faulty use of documentation formats. Choose a field of study below, and you will be presented with a source passage from that field with a sample student's attempt to paraphrase it. Read both carefully, and then decide whether you are looking at a plagiarism, a legal paraphrase, or a paraphrase with documentation format errors. When you submit your response, the program will tell you whether you were right and why. When you are finished taking quizzes, the program will provide you with your results and let you know what further action you should take.
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