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One-Page Analysis – Chapter 18 Composition 2 Sara Beg Ms. Rhonda Nelson Section 29
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Plagiarism is presenting any kind of “work” (including schoolwork, music, books, ideas, etc.) that belongs to someone else as your own. However, plagiarism often unintentionally occurs when someone fails, forgets, or incorrectly cites an outside source in her own work. Many cases concern high school or college students and professional writers and authors, such as Stephen Ambrose. I was once accused of plagiarism in middle school. The majority of the eighth-grade class had left on a three-day field trip and the two others and I who had opted not to go were still required to go to school; we spent our days in the library creating PowerPoint presentations on the sites our classmates would be visiting on the trip. On the second day of working on the PowerPoints, the only other girl there turned around and admitted to me that she was copying and pasting text directly from a series of different websites into her presentation. I knew that she was plagiarizing, but I said nothing. She had
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Unformatted text preview: ADHD and was a special education student; the fact that she had difficulty completing the assignment was understandable, so I just turned back to my own work. While checking my presentation, the librarian paused on one slide and asked me if I knew what plagiarism was; she didn’t believe that the text was in my own words because of the elegant writing style. When turning to the next slide, she said it was obviously not plagiarized because I had committed a typographical error. I was so shocked I couldn’t do anything but stare at her. How was I supposed to explain that the elegance of my words was the result of a lifelong love of writing and reading, of years perfecting my writing style, and the typo was just a simple mistake? Even then, I couldn’t tell her that the girl in front of me was the one who was plagiarizing; who would she have believed, the girl with ADHD or me? Fortunately, she didn’t bring it up again....
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