Chapter 5 Information

Chapter 5 is a little different from the rest of the chapters in that you don’t have to memorize information.  What you do have to do is read carefully.  It take a close reading of an original passage and one that has been written from it to determine if the 2nd passage was plagiarized.  So look for unique words (not and, the, one, etc.) that have been used in the second passage; there is no 5 or 3 or 7 “words in a row” determination of plagiarism.  If the unique word is not in quotes it is considered plagiarism.  Also remember that ideas can be plagiarized.  If you take an idea from an article, book, the web, or an image from the same, you need to document the source.  Also, in the quiz, if you don’t see a citation at the end of the passage, and that passage echoes the original, that is plagiarism.  You need to see that citation.  So there are 3 aspects to the possibility of plagiarism:

  • Using an exact word or phrase from another writer without quotation marks;
  • Using an idea, even if you paraphrase it, from another writer without citing that other writer;
  • Not having a citation for any ideas or words or images that you didn’t create yourself.

Just remember–careful reading and rereading.

Author: rjjackson

I'm a scholar librarian with various concerns and interests. As a child of the 1960s, I maintain an annotated bibliography of important 1960s books at I also publish about Information Literacy and cognitive development. My interest in plagiarism grows out of my interest in information literacy.

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