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ACG Series: Plagiarism

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

End-of-Module Exercise

Use this exercise to check if you have understood the content in the three units on plagiarism. There are 6 questions. Choose the best option(s) for each question. Some questions have more than one correct answer.

1. Plagiarism is

a. unacknowledged use of someone’s work in your writing or presentations

b. very difficult to detect

c. tempting when one cannot stay ahead of one’s assignment deadlines

d. acceptable in universities globally

2. Match each of the following problems with its logical solution.

a. I don’t understand why people make such a fuss about sources. 





i. Manage your time and work well 

b. I panic when I have lots of writing assignments due at the same time. 





ii. Understand course and university requirements 

c. I think I’m supposed to reproduce what the experts have said. 




iii. Present your own thoughts 

3. Turnitin can detect which forms of plagiarism? Choose all that options that apply to this question:

a. Poor paraphrasing

b. Verbatim without acknowledgement of the source

c. Cutting and pasting from the Internet without clear acknowledgement

4. Citation styles such as APA and IEEE present formats that help a writer to collect and present all the necessary information for complete citation of others’ original ideas and work.

True / False

5. Using all, or part of, my previously submitted assignments in a new assignment for a course I am currently taking ... Choose the correct option(s).

a. is efficient use of my own resources

b. is considered plagiarism (auto-plagiarism)

c. is alright as long as I cite myself

6. The five ways to avoid plagiarism would be to.... (Circle all the options that apply)

              Paraphrase (accurately and sufficiently)                          Manage my time and work well

Present my own thoughts           Keep track of my sources                Figure out how to hack Turnitin sources

Get someone to write my essay                Understand course and university requirements





Answers for End-of-Module Exercise

1. a & c

2. a-ii, b-i, c-iii

3. a, b & c (Note: This list isn’t exhaustive.)

4. T

5. b (Note: (a) might be a common perspective but is unethical; for (c), you can quote from previous assignments if you cite yourself, but you should not use all or a large part of previous work.)