Word Switch Plagiarism

  • Taking a sentence or paragraph from a source and changing a few words is
    still plagiarism.
  • Any time you paraphrase, you still need to cite the source.  You do not have to put it in quotes.

Original Source Material:

Deforestation should not be a big issue in the United Sates; forest cover is increasing across most of the country. Clear-cutting scars the landscape and leas to soil erosion and water pollution.  Cutting down “old growth” forest destroys precious habitat and often inspires an uproar of protests. P58.

 
Plagiarized Version Correct Version
Example of Word Switch Plagiarism


 

Deforestation should not be a big concern in North America; forest cover is increasing across most of the U.S. Clear-cutting damages the landscape and leads to soil erosion and water pollution. Cutting down “old growth” forest destroys valuable habitat and often inspires many protests.


Reference:


Esty, D. C., & Winston, A. S. (2006). Green to gold : how smart companies use environmental strategy to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2006.

There should not be much concern over deforestation in the U.S., as we actually are seeing an increase in forest cover over much of the country. The countryside can be damaged by clear-cutting, which results in erosion of the soil and pollution of the water. People often protest when old growth forests are cut down, because valuable habitat is destroyed (Esty and Winston, 2006).

Reference:

Esty, D. C., & Winston, A. S. (2006). Green to gold : how smart companies use environmental strategy to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2006.

Explanation: This is word switch plagiarism. The student has substituted synonyms for many words in the passage, but has not changed the structure of the text. He or she has used another person's ideas without crediting that person. Although a reference is provided, there is no in-text citation to link the paraphrase to the specific reference.

Explanation: This example has been paraphrased properly, and the original author has been credited for those ideas. The student has cited the source of the ideas appropriately, and provided the corresponding reference.

 

 

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