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ACG Series: Plagiarism

In this Academic Communication Guide (ACG), learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it.


Choose the most suitable option to answer the questions. There are 5 MCQ and 5 T/F questions altogether. If you get all of them right, please move on to Unit 2. The answers can be found at the bottom, after the quiz. 

Diagnostic Quiz

Answer all of the following questions.  


  1. Published content, including ideas, their organisation and arguments, are protected intellectual property, 

    a. unless the content can be found on the Internet.

b. unless the copyright has run out on the content. 

c. unless it is in the genre of fiction. 

d. but must still be cited according to ‘fair use’ rules. 


  1. Plagiarism can be defined as 

a. representing another person's work--their words and/or ideas--as your own. 

b. not citing the sources your ideas build upon. 

c. paraphrasing another's ideas and fully acknowledging the author(s). 

d. A & B 


  1. When is it necessary to cite a source? 

a. When your ideas build on someone else's. 

b. When you are paraphrasing someone else's ideas. 

c. When you use someone else's words. 

d. If you are unsure whether you should cite the source. 

e. All of the above. 


  1. In addition to citing sources for written texts, it is also important to reference 

a. any information taken from standard reference works such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries or statistical sources. 

b. ideas taken from a lecture by a professor. 

c. information taken off the Internet. 

d. ideas gleaned from classroom discussion. 

e. all of the above. 


  1. If you use an author’s exact words, you must place them in quotation marks. If you paraphrase another’s ideas, you again must indicate the source to your reader. 

True / False 


  1. Two students work together on their papers and submit both papers to the anti-plagiarism software Turnitin finds a 35% match between the two papers. The students’ professors will find that 

a. they are not guilty of plagiarism, since the ideas were derived in common. 

b. only the student to submit their paper last is guilty of plagiarism. 

c. regardless of intent, the students have committed plagiarism. 

d. the students have committed plagiarism if evidence of the intent to plagiarize can be established. 


  1. Texts like Homer's Iliad, The Malay Annals or the Bible do not need referencing, since they are very old or ancient and are not covered by copyright laws. 

 True / False 


  1. A student caught plagiarising will be placed under review according to NTU’s regulations.

True / False 


  1. Submitting the same piece of work for different courses or to different journals andÔÇ»publications is not plagiarism.

True / False 


  1. Independent and creative thinking, as well as intellectual responsibility, are fundamental to higher education, and cannot be developed if one simply borrows the work of another.

True / False 



1. d 2. d 3. e 4. e 5. True

6. c

7. False 8. True 9. False 10. True



The diagnostic quiz above was developed based on material from Aaron and Bander (2012), University of Houston (n.d.) and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication (n.d.).