Avoid Copy and Paste Plagiarism

  • You can avoid Copy and Paste plagiarism by using quotes.

  • There are two ways to quote:

    • You can put quotation marks around a sentence in the text

      OR                                                  

    • If your quote takes up more than four typed lines, you can use block quotations.  Block quotations are indented from the main body of the page.

Plagiarized Version

Correct Version
Example of Avoiding Copy and Paste Plagiarism by using Block Quotes




 

What about the time limit on farm subsidy benefits?  the limit is whichever comes first: forever or the government money runs out.  The work requirement has its nuances: for some subsidies, you need not farm at all, while, for others, someone has to, it just doesn't have to be you.  Owning part of the operation from afar will suffice, even if you never have to get your boots dirty.

Farm subsidies are problematic according to Pringle (2013), who writes:

      What about the time limit on  farm
      subsidy benefits?  the limit is whichever
      comes first: forever or the government
      money runs out.  The work requirement
      has its nuances:  for some subsidies
      you need not farm at all, while for others
      someone has to, it just doesn't have to
      be you.  Owning part of the operation
      from afar will suffice, even if you never
      have to get your boots dirty. p.68


Reference:

Pringle, P. (2013)  A place at the table: the crisis of 49 million hungry Americans and how to solve it.  New York: Public Affairs, c2013.

Explanation:  This version is copy and paste plagiarism.  This was copied word for word, text from the original source material.  No credit was given to the author of the text and quotation marks were not used.  Also the student did not provide the full in-text citation and reference.

Explanation:  An indented block is used to indicate that this passage is a word-for-word quotation and the pages from where it was taken in the original document.  The original author of the content is cited at the beginning of the passage, which in effect, also points to the reference.

Note that an indented block is a convention for APA style when the quote is more than 40 words.  While quotation marks are not sued for this block, a reader can still easily tell whose words are whose in this passage.  If you are using another citation style like MLA, check the rules.

 

 

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