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Plagiarism: Examples of Plagiarism

Example 1

 

Original Source:

The quiet existence of rural college life was disrupted in 1861 by Virginia's secession from the Union and the beginning of the Civil War. Emory & Henry College had been removed from the events which led to secession, but not untouched by them. The merits of the political issues of the day had been thoroughly debated and logically resolved in the halls of the literary societies.

Stevenson, George James. Increase in Excellence: A History of Emory and Henry College. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1963.

Student Writer:

In 1861 college life was disrupted by the outbreak of the Civil War. Emory & Henry College had been removed from the events which led to secession, but not untouched by them. The political issues that led to the conflict were debated by the college's literary societies and the students' thoughts turned to war.

 

In this example the student writer has used a word for word section of the original source with no indication that it is a direct quotation.

 

Example 2

 

Original Source:

The quiet existence of rural college life was disrupted in 1861 by Virginia's secession from the Union and the beginning of the Civil War. Emory & Henry College had been removed from the events which led to secession, but not untouched by them. The merits of the political issues of the day had been thoroughly debated and logically resolved in the halls of the literary societies.

Stevenson, George James. Increase in Excellence: A History of Emory and Henry College. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1963.

Student Writer:

The quiet existence of rural college life was disrupted in 1861 by Virginia's secession from the Union and the beginning of the Civil War. Emory & Henry College had been detached from the acts which led to secession, but not unaffected by them. The merits of the political issues of the day had been thoroughly debated and logically resolved in the halls of the literary societies.

 

In this example the student writer has plagiarized the same sentence by again failing to cite the original source, while replacing several key works with synonyms.