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Paraphrasing: Avoiding Plagiarism

Paraphrase the following sentence:

"Some students will change a few words here and there, either better to match their own vocabulary or to disguise the fact that they are copying from a source" (Harris, 2001, p. 17).

Do not add anything, interpret, use more than two of the same words, and it has to convey exactly what is said above.

1).Paraphrase the above quote and then write a brief description of how you developed your paraphrase.

"Student plagiarism may be becoming less common as more and more colleges and universities adopt plagiarism-detection software, such as Turnitin, a product of a company named iParadigms. Thousands of colleges both in the United States and abroad have acquired licenses, at an annual cost of about 80 cents per enrolled student, to use the program. The program digitizes each student's paper, uploads it into the Turnitin database, and searches the database for matches. The Turnitin database is actually a collection of databases. One, the equivalent of Google's database, is a complete and continuously updated copy of the World Wide Web. Others contain archived materials from the Web, contents of other publicly available databases-and all the student papers that have been submitted to Turnitin for a plagiarism check (p.81).

Posner, R. A. (2007). The little book of plagiarism. New York: Pantheon.

2). Paraphrase the above quote , include one direct quotation and then write a description of what you found difficult in completing this activity. What was challenging about paraphrasing and not plagiarizing? What strategies did you use to succeed? What tips could you give me who want to successfully paraphrase and avoid plagiarizing?

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(1).Paraphrase the above quote and then write a brief description of how you developed your paraphrase. Paraphrase the following sentence:

Original source"

Some students will change a few words here and there, either better to match their own vocabulary or to disguise the fact that they are copying from a source (Harris, 2001, p. 17).

Paraphrased Version

According to Harris (2007), some students use terminology to reflect their own language, or alter words to avoid the detection of plagiarized material (p. 17).

Description

The paraphrase was developed by reflecting on the main idea in the quote and then re-stating it. The central idea in the quote is that students make efforts to cover up plagiarized content by omitting or changing words or replacing them with words from their own vocabulary. Paraphrasing indicates that you are conveying the same idea as the original source, but not copying his or her words verbatim. Both the original and paraphrased version of this quote conveys the same idea.

(2) Original quote

"Student plagiarism may be becoming less common as more and more colleges and universities adopt plagiarism-detection software, such as Turnitin, a product of a company named iParadigms. Thousands of colleges ...

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