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Plagiarism: a study in the spectacular fall of Dr. Chris Spence!

Direct Quoting

Include quotation marks around the words you are borrowing, to signal that they are not your own.

Add an in-text citation at the end of the borrowed words to indicate the origin of the borrowed words.  In APA there are usually three parts an in-text citation. (Author’s surname, publication year, page number(s))

In most cases, you will not quote lengthy segments of another person’s work and ensure that your essay is not overrun with direct quotations.

Add context to explain the purpose of adding the quotation to your own work and ensure that the quotation directly relates to what you are trying to say in your own essay.

Exercise

In this exercise, we will work with a passage of text from Susan D. Blum’s book, MY Word!: Plagiarism and college culture.  Try to design an appropriate direct quote that incorporates the elements of quotation marks, in-text citation, reasonable length, and context.

Here is the passage you will work with:

“Students who plagiarize, who improperly incorporate someone else’s text into their own without giving credit, may be committing a grave academic misdeed.  Some really don’t know how to avoid it, because the rules are terribly subtle and take many years to master.  Some deliberately do so to get the job done.  There are many motives, many reasons, many biographical details.” (Blum, 2009, p. 6)

Sample Answer

In her research on students and plagiarism, Blum (2009) notes that, “Some [students] really don’t know how to avoid it, because the rules are terribly subtle and take many years to master.” (p. 6)  

Elements:

"Quotation marks enclose the directly quoted text."

There is proper use of in-text citing: Blum (2009)... (p. 6)

The direct quote is not unusually long.  In this case, it is twenty words in length.

Relevant context has been included:  In her research on students and plagiarism, Blum (2009) notes that,

[students]?

Why is [students] enclosed in square brackets?  Ask for the hands-on workshop at the Progress campus library, and find out!

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