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Plagiarism Case review

Professor Lee is writing a proposal for a research grant, and the deadline for the proposal submission is two days from now. To complete the background section of the proposal, Lee copies a few isolated sentences of a journal paper written by another author. The copied sentences consist of brief, factual, one-sentence summaries of earlier articles closely related to the proposal, descriptions of basic concepts from textbooks, and definitions of standard mathematical notations. None of these ideas is due to the other author. Lee adds a one-sentence summary of the journal paper and cites it.

Does the copying of a few isolated sentences in this case constitute plagiarism?

By citing the journal paper, has Lee given proper credit to the other author?

Two to three paragraphs in your own words to help me understand, please.

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Hi. I hope this solution gets to you in time. There are many ways that we can interpret this problem but to ensure a defensible position, I have decided to box the problem within the bounds of the definition of plagiarism. I have listed references you can use for further research. If you have any further questions, just let me know and I'll clarify them for you. Good luck with your studies and thank you for using Brainmass.

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On Plagiarism

In the academe, we are met every day with ideas and original thoughts of people - we read them in the books and on digital texts, we hear them spoken, we view them as they are relayed to us in the arts, in videos and another visual forms. To explain what we know and to make sense of our thoughts and ideas, we have become so intertextual ...

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The solution is a concise 481-word narrative that explains the concept of plagiarism in academic research; it explores the presented case (see original posting) to explain what constitutes plagiarism and proper citation (crediting original author) to help students in understanding the lines that divide properly cited work and work that plagiarizes. References are listed for the purpose of further exploration of the topic. A word version of the solution is attached for easy download and printing.