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Unformatted text preview: Plagiarism and The Need to Cite See The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers for thorough plagiarism guidelines. When in doubt about a question of attribution, ask your teacher before handing in your work. Here are the basic points: 1) All language not your own must be properly attributed and placed in quotation marks. Slightly altering another persons language does not make it your own. Presenting slightly altered language as your own (that is, presenting it without quotation marks) constitutes plagiarism, even if you properly cite your source. 2) All ideas, observations, and interpretations not your own must be properly attributed. It must be clear to the reader what material derives from your sources and what is your own. Another kind of cheating not strictly plagiaristic, but along the same lines involves collaborating with friends or family such that your work incorporates ideas and language that are not properly attributed. This is to say that your work must be your own. Consider a single sentence from F.O. Matthiessens classic study American Renaissance : Essential truths of the human imagination are exactly what Hawthornes imagination could not shrink from not even, as we have seen, when he wanted it to. Examples of plagiarism and problematic attribution: Nathaniel Hawthornes thinking tended always toward the profound. Essential truths of the human imagination are exactly what Hawthornes imagination could not shrink from not even when he wanted it to. Nathaniel Hawthornes thinking tended always toward the profound. As F.O. Matthiessen notes in his classic study American Renaissance , essential truths of the human imagination are exactly what Hawthornes imagination could not shrink from not even...
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2009 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Spring '07 term at UNC.
- Spring '07