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Copying, Cutting & Pasting

Preventing PlagiarismYou copy words or the whole passage from the original source without giving credit.

Remember!

  • Cite the source of your info whether it's found in a print source, electronic form or on the Internet, unless it's considered common knowledge.
  • Use quotation marks around a phrase or sentence that you use from a print source, electronic source or a Web site.
  • The Internet has made it easier to copy/cut and paste, BUT the Internet has also made it easier to identify cases of plagiarism.

A Closer Look: Review the Scenario Below

Below is an example of copy & paste plagiarism. Plagiarism could have been avoided if the student had used quotation marks around the copied text and cited the source.

Source Article

Copy & Paste Plagiarism

Especially since the launch of HST and the unprecedented clarity of the images satellites have given us, you've all seen on the news or in books, beautiful color pictures of various sights in the cosmos. But is this the way you would see these objects if you went there? Well, to tackle that question, first we have to consider the nature of light and color. Light is made of waves of electromagnetic radiation. We perceive different wavelengths of visible light as different colors.

Everyone is interested in astronomical images, especially since the launch of HST and the unprecedented clarity of the images satellites have given us. But is this the way you would see these objects if you went there?*

*Dr. C. Barnbaum, "Type I: Copy & Paste Plagiarism," PLAGIARISM: A Student's Guide to Recognizing It and Avoiding It , Department of Physics and Astronomy, Valdosta State University, 9 December 2008

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