- Lesson 6 at a glance -

Lesson 6: Learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

When you have completed this lesson you should be able to:

  • Identify types of plagiarism and how to avoid them
  • Use style guides and form correct APA and MLA citations

Question: What is plagiarism?

Still concerned about what plagiarism really is? Here are a few examples.

Learn: The Types of Plagiarism

The Ghost Writer
The Photocopy
The Potluck Paper
The Poor Disguise
The Labor of Laziness
The Self-Stealer
The Forgotten Footnote
The Misinformer
The Too-Perfect Paraphrase
The Resourceful Citer
The Perfect Crime
The Ghost Writer
The Photocopy
The Potluck Paper
The Poor Disguise
The Labor of Laziness
The Self-Stealer
The Forgotten Footnote
The Misinformer
The Too-Perfect Paraphrase
The Resourceful Citer
The Perfect Crime

Types of Plagiarism (n.d.) Retrieved May 10, 2010

Learn: To identify instances of plagiarism on campus

Listen to each case and decide whether or not the student is guilty of plagiarism.

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Question: How do you cite sources for your paper?

There are a number of different styles or formats for citations. Which style you use depends upon the subject discipline you are working in. If you are uncertain about which style to use, ask your professor.

Play the citation game to learn the components of a citation.

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Lesson 6 Quiz

The final section of this lesson is a 5 question quiz.

  • Choose your answer, then click the submit button. Sometimes, you may have to scroll down to find the submit button.
  • Searchpath will display a response to your answer. Read the response, then go to the next question.
  • You can take the quiz over again, but you must complete it before retaking any questions. Although you can change your answer to a question during the quiz, only your first response will be recorded.
  • The last page of the quiz displays a summary of your answers. You will be able to print your results, or email them to yourself or another person (your professor, perhaps).

Before We Start:

(For, you know, identifying yourself)

(We're not evil, this just allows you to email your results to yourself)

Lesson 6 Quiz: Question 1

Match the following terms with the correct meanings:







1. the exact location of the article in the issue
2. the person who wrote the article
3. when the article was published
4. the name of the publication that contains the article
5. the specific issue where the article appears
6. the summary of the article contents
7. the words identifying the name of the article

Lesson 6 Quiz: Question 2

2. Why should you cite sources? (Check all that apply):





Lesson 6 Quiz: Question 3

You and your friends are discussing upcoming paper assignments. Alicia says that she is working on her history paper and has discovered that the topic can be used for her sociology course as well. She decides she will write one paper and hand it in for both assignments. You and your friends have different reactions. Check all that are good responses:





Lesson 6 Quiz: Question 4

Here is a quote Angel wants to use in his research paper:

"Almost anyone who visits in the schools of East St. Louis, even for a short time, comes away profoundly shaken."

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. New York: HarperPerennial, 1992. Print.

Which of the following uses of this quote is correct and properly cited?








Lesson 6 Quiz: Question 5

Here is a paragraph that Rachael wants to use in her research paper:

A variety of surveys are beginning to indicate that Internet addiction is intensifying. Since 1994, the year that popular Internet browsers became widely available to the public, psychologists have been concerned about the power and appeal that the Internet has over our populace.

Davidson, Jeff. "Internet addiction is not pretty." Public Management 90.9 (2008): 40. Academic OneFile. Web. 15 Apr. 2010.

Which of the following paraphrases is properly paraphrased and cited?






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