Help with plagiarism on a college paper?
Topic: Can you use footnotes in a research paper
May 22, 2019 / By Dolena Question:
I handed in an English paper on monday. It was the first draft of an essay that is due next week. Today, my professor went over our papers with us. He told me that my paper was plagiarized, part of the wording and citation. He said that because of this he don't accept the final draft of my paper even if I correct what he's claiming was wrong.
I went over my paper myself and I see where some sentences could be rephrased, but there are no direct attempts at deliberate plagiarism. However, there are some overlapping sources which I found on my own, but it seems that they can be found on wikipedia as well, only 2 of 8 however. I did take one of those two citations from wikipedia's citations directly, and it's only a quote of a monetary amount.
I do not believe that there was deliberate plagiarism on my part, and my professor refuses to discuss the matter further saying that "I wasted his time." This was only a rough draft and not a final essay submission. Should I talk to the department chair and do I have any leg to stand on? My professor says that if I take it up with the chair, he'll report the plagiarism and have the chair fail me for the course.
I did not quote wikipedia! I only used a the citation link which was a book, that I went to the library, checked out and verified the information from.
Yes, I did use some of wikipedia to base my paper, but in no place did I copy any part of wikipedia's article, and I've double checked that.
Also, again. It was a ROUGH DRAFT, a non-graded review. The final draft is not due until next week.
I CITED THE SOURCES!!!! They were in a temporary footnote style until I finished the paper, but not in the MLA style like she wanted for the final paper.
Best Answers: Help with plagiarism on a college paper?
Carly | 4 days ago
If this is not you, see the department chair, but if this is you, and be honest with yourself, you don't have a leg to stand on. See link
Anyone who has written or graded a paper knows that plagiarism is not always a black and white issue. The boundary between plagiarism and research is often unclear. Learning to recognize the various forms of plagiarism, especially the more ambiguous ones, is an important step towards effective prevention. Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
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Originally Answered: Checking Plagiarism...?
i'm not sure if it's free or not.. i know basically all teachers at my school use it, and we have to submit essays to it.
but you like submit it to the site, and then it gives you like percentage of plagarised info in your paper.
Plagiarism in college is very different from plagiarism in high school. In high school you get the F for a paper, but in college you will get kicked out. Your really lucky that the professor didn't report you, or you might not be in college anymore. When you get information from somewhere else you ALWAYS cite the source. Didn't they teach you that in school?
Maybe you should apologize to your professor and say that you were really dumb. You will go back to your paper and make sure to cite all your sources, maybe he will forgive you.
You are clearly in the wrong here so you won't have a chance if you take this to the chair.
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What are you doing stealing from wikipedia in your paper? That's ridiculous. If you're going to plagiarize, use a book. Professors know how to google these days.
No, you don't have a leg to stand on. The facts you cited say 'plagiarism' to me. Besides, even if you were right, the chair will back the professor, in whom he and the whole department have invested a lot of time, money, and energy, over you - the obscure student.
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You asking the query makes me believe that you're no longer very at ease doing what you're doing. Look, everyone knows that "plagiarism" is in no way a well factor. If you're intelligent ample to determine the right way to outsmart the method, than I believe you're intelligent ample to believe and specific your evaluations and ideas with out being deceitful. And so what in the event you don’t continuously get an “A.” It isn't the tip of the arena and getting a shrink grade is also the motivating element to push your self to be a bigger you. But you're going to in no way understand how high-quality you're if you're deceitful. It is your option. Good Luck.
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Originally Answered: Does this count as inspiration or plagiarism?
Not a problem, unless you deliberately attempted to copy the original's story line too closely, or even made some characters too closely resemble key figures in the first.
But an author cannot copyright or trademark register human behavior. People are people, whether they lived four thousand years ago or will not yet be born a thousand years from now. Think about how many stories have been inspired by classic literature. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, but that "story" has been told and retold countless times over the years. Homer's Odyssey has been the inspiration for many tales of epic journies.
Just write your story and make sure the story is YOURS to tell, no matter from where you draw your inspiration.