Know All About Plagiarism - Writing Quiz

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Plagiarism is the representation of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions as one's own original work. In educational contexts, there are differing definitions of plagiarism depending on the institution. Know all about plagiarism in this Writing Quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    You are guilty of plagiarism if you:

    • A.

      Make use of the works of others to gather information.

    • B.

      Use the work of another and label as your own.

    • C.

      Make use of the works of others to support your own arguments.

    • D.

      Examine the ideas and arguments of others to help you shape your own thoughts or views on an issue.

    Correct Answer
    B. Use the work of another and label as your own.
    Explanation
    Plagiarism refers to the act of using someone else's work or ideas without giving them proper credit. In this case, using the work of another and labeling it as your own is considered plagiarism. This means that you are taking credit for someone else's work and presenting it as if it were your own creation. This is a clear violation of academic and ethical standards, as it involves dishonesty and intellectual theft.

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  • 2. 

    Information provided in your essay must be referenced in all of the following cases except:

    • A.

      When the information involves an interpretation specific to the author you are using.

    • B.

      When the information describes common knowledge.

    • C.

      When the information comes from a conversation.

    • D.

      When the information is openly disputed by other experts in the field.

    • E.

      Option 5

    Correct Answer
    B. When the information describes common knowledge.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is when the information describes common knowledge. Common knowledge refers to information that is widely known and accepted by the general public. It includes facts that can be easily found in multiple sources and are not subject to debate or interpretation. Therefore, there is no need to reference common knowledge as it is already widely known and accepted.

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  • 3. 

    It is considered insufficient to cite sources for your work through a reference page alone.  Why?

    • A.

      No one will know what works were consulting the the writing of the essay.

    • B.

      The bibliography does not provide specific page references for the portions of the sources actually used.

    • C.

      You are failing to indicate exactly where each of your sources were used.

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    C. You are failing to indicate exactly where each of your sources were used.
    Explanation
    By only providing a reference page, it is insufficient to indicate where each source was used in the essay. This means that the reader will not know which works were consulted during the writing process. Additionally, the bibliography does not provide specific page references for the portions of the sources that were actually used. Therefore, option 4 is the correct answer as it highlights the failure to indicate the specific usage of each source.

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  • 4. 

    Which is considered "padding" a bibliography?

    • A.

      Including works you consulted but made no direct or indirect reference in the research paper.

    • B.

      Including sources that you did not consult but know would be relevant to the topic of your research paper.

    • C.

      Option 3

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    B. Including sources that you did not consult but know would be relevant to the topic of your research paper.
    Explanation
    Padding a bibliography refers to including sources that you did not actually consult but believe would be relevant to your research paper. This means adding references to your bibliography to make it appear longer or more comprehensive, even though you did not actually use or reference those sources in your research. This practice is generally considered unethical and dishonest, as it misrepresents the extent of your research and can be misleading to readers.

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  • 5. 

    It is considered appropriate to paraphrase by altering a few of the exact words of an author.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Paraphrasing involves restating someone else's words or ideas using your own words, while still maintaining the original meaning. It is not considered appropriate to alter a few of the exact words of an author while paraphrasing, as this can lead to misinterpretation or distortion of the original message. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 6. 

    Which information needs a citation?

    • A.

      86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints.

    • B.

      Paris is the Capital of France.

    • C.

      Option 3

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    A. 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints.
    Explanation
    The information that needs a citation is "86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints." This statistic is a specific claim that requires a source to back it up. Without a citation, it is difficult to verify the accuracy and reliability of this information.

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  • 7. 

    Which information needs a citation?

    • A.

      Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America.

    • B.

      The Supreme Court ruling for Brown v. the Board of Education states, "Radical discrimination in public education is unconstitutional."

    • C.

      Option 3

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    B. The Supreme Court ruling for Brown v. the Board of Education states, "Radical discrimination in public education is unconstitutional."
    Explanation
    The statement "The Supreme Court ruling for Brown v. the Board of Education states, 'Radical discrimination in public education is unconstitutional.'" needs a citation because it is a specific claim about a legal ruling. In order to verify the accuracy of this statement, it is necessary to provide a citation or reference to the source of this information.

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  • 8. 

    Which information needs a citation?

    • A.

      Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

    • B.

      52,950 unaccompanied homeless youth were supported through school based on programs in 2018-19.

    • C.

      Option 3

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    B. 52,950 unaccompanied homeless youth were supported through school based on programs in 2018-19.
    Explanation
    The information that needs a citation is "52,950 unaccompanied homeless youth were supported through school based on programs in 2018-19." This statement presents a specific statistic and timeframe, so it would require a credible source to back up the claim.

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