Practice Academic Honesty

How can I use information from a source without using the author's words?

STEP 1: Click Read Their Cheatin' Hearts to display and read an article.
HINT: You will need to click the HTML Full Text link to view the article.

STEP 2: Compare the following paragraph with the article and decide if the information is properly paraphrased.
HINT: To find out if a phrase from the paragraph below appears in an HTML full text article:

  1. Copy the phrase from the paragraph
  2. Open the HTML full text article using the link in STEP 1
  3. Hold down the CTRL key and press the f key
  4. Paste the phrase into the the Find what: box that appears
  5. Click the Find Next button
  6. If the phrase appears in the article, it will be highlighted


Plagiarism is not a new phenomenon. It is easier today than it was in the past because of technology. The Internet, with full text articles, web pages, and books, make it easier for writers to copy and paste information from a source to their own writing. Plagiarism has become such a widespread problem in college that an English professor from Saginaw Valley State University, John Lesko, now publishes a journal that contains only articles about plagiarism. It is an academic journal, with peer reviewed articles. Although the individual issues are published online, a compilation is printed once a year (Macklem).

STEP 3: Does this paragraph include any plagiarized phrases?


Current Author: Sarah Park
Created (July 2006); Revised (June 2010)
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