Am I Plagiarising (Yet)?

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Am I Plagiarising (Yet)?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    If I use information from Wikipedia, do I need to cite it?
    • A. 

      No. The contents of Wikipedia are open for public, hence they are common knowledge.

    • B. 

      No. Wikipedia articles are written collectively – there is no specific author who owns the articles.

    • C. 

      Yes. Those words are not my own words or idea, so I still need to cite.

  • 2. 
    According to Bo Bernhard (2005) from Problem Gambling Centre, Singapore should not just listen to overseas experts but trust local experts when it comes to treating problems related to gambling. I have cited the source, Bo Bernhard, once. Do I need to keep on citing him when I use his words / statements again?
    • A. 

      Yes. Every time I use his statement, I need to cite.

    • B. 

      No, once is enough.

  • 3. 
    Common knowledge are facts that known by lots of people and you do not have to tell your readers where you get the information from. For example: “Singapore currency is Singapore Dollar”. This is a widely known fact, therefore we consider this statement as common knowledge. Now read the statement below and see whether it is a common knowledge or not. "Under the Interchangeability Agreement, the currencies of Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei were interchangeable at par value. However, on 8 May 1973 the Malaysian government decided to terminate it. Brunei and Singapore still continue with the agreement until present day".
    • A. 

      Hey, I’m an Econ major, so of course I consider this as common knowledge. If other people don’t know about this fact, then it’s too bad for them!

    • B. 

      The information is so detailed and I’m not sure whether it can be considered as common knowledge.

  • 4. 
    You wrote an excellent paper for one of your subjects last term. This term, you have a new subject with assignment that has similar theme and requirements as last term’s paper.  Can you recycle your last term’s paper and submit it?
    • A. 

      No, it is self plagiarism! I should write the paper from the scratch.

    • B. 

      Yes, it is my own work after all. I am not copying from anyone.

    • C. 

      May need to talk to my instructor first and see the options.