PLAGIARISM 

According to Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) plagiarism  is the uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else's words or ideas. On this page are items to help you understand plagiarism.

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FAMOUS PLAGIARISTS

Plagirist .....People Whose Work Was Not Credited

Dr. Martin Luther King.....Archibald Carey

Alex Haley.....Harry Courlander

President Barack Obama.....Deval Patrick

Vice President Joseph Biden.....Hubert H. Humphrey

George Harrison.....George Harrison

 

FAMOUS CHEATERS

 University of Minnesota Basketball

(Coach pays $3,000 for paper writing services)

Everett Golson, Quarterback-Notre Dame/FLorida St

(cheated on test, kicked out of school one semester.) 

 

 

 

 

 

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A LESSON FROM THE TED-Ed SERIES

Try this short lesson on plagiarism from the TED-Ed series! The vaults and files of the DPI have been opened for us view.

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VIDEO

Sea Devil TV produced this quick guide on plagiarism. 

Here are the:Consequences for Plagiarizing at Minnesota Virtual High School:

If a student plagiarizes an assignment in whole or in part, (s)he may retake the assignment for 50% credit. Notation of the plagiarism will be documented in the student’s MVHS permanent record. If the student should plagiarize another assignment in any subsequent class or subsequent term, (s)he will automatically receive a zero for the assignment with no chance of retaking it. The school district will be notified regarding each occurrence of plagiarism and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. When in doubt, ask your teacher!  

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CORRECT vs INCORRECT

A student once asked, "So, Mr. L. What is plagiarism? What can I do if I read this information and it supports the point that I am talking about?"

The answer is quite clear. Whatever information that you use that can be attributed to someone else, must be cited. Here is a correct example provided by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) with an incorrect example added by the author of this website:

MLA format follows the author-page method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text, and a complete reference should appear on your Works Cited page. The author's name may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the page number(s) should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence. For example:

INCORRECT: 

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings." 

Romantic poetry is marked by a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings." 

CORRECT: 

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). 

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).

Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).

Both citations in the [correct] examples above, (263) and (Wordsworth 263), tell readers that the information in the sentence can be located on page 263 of a work by an author named Wordsworth. If readers want more information about this source, they can turn to the Works Cited page, where, under the name of Wordsworth, they would find the following information:

 Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., 1967. Print.

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TYPES OF PLAGIARISM

These are types of plagiarism that occur most often. Thanks to the folks at Turnitin.com and Research Resources for providing this information.Turnitin allows free distribution and non-profit use of this document in educational settings. This document is available for download in ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

SOURCES NOT CITED 

"The Ghost Writer" 

Turns in another's work word-for-word

"The Photocopy"

Copies significant portions of text straight from a single source, without alterations

 "The Potluck Paper"

Copies from several different sources tweaking sentences to make them fit while retaining most of the original phrasing

"The Poor Disguise"

Uses the essential content of the source but alters the appearance slightly by changing key words and phrases

"The Labor of Laziness"
Takes time to paraphrase most of the paper from other sources and make it all fit together

"The Self-Stealer" 

Borrows generously from his or her previous work, violating policies concerning the expectation of originality

SOURCES CITED 

"The Forgotten Footnote" 

The writer mentions an author's name for a source, but neglects to include specific information on the location of the material referenced.

 "The Misinformer"

Writer provides inaccurate information regarding the sources

"The Too-Perfect Paraphrase" 

The writer properly cites a source but neglects to put it in quotation marks

"The Resourceful Citer" 

All citation and almost no original work

" The Perfect Crime"

Proper quotes and citations in some places, but paraphrase other arguments without citations.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 

The following is a list of guides or websites that will help you understand what is plagiarism:

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Consequences for Plagiarizing at Minnesota Virtual High School

If a student plagiarizes an assignment in whole or in part, (s)he may retake the assignment for 50% credit. Notation of the plagiarism will be documented in the student’s MVHS permanent record. If the student should plagiarize another assignment in any subsequent class or subsequent term, (s)he will automatically receive a zero for the assignment with no chance of retaking it. The school district will be notified regarding each occurrence of plagiarism and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. When in doubt, ask your teacher! 

Download this file: MVHS Policy on Academic Integrity to know more about policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and plagiarism.

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THE COST OF PLAGIARISM

Singer/songwriter Michael Bolton enjoyed much popular success in the 80s and 90s. Renowned for soulful remakes of Motown classics When a Man Loves a Woman, and (Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay Bolton’s legacy is nonetheless tainted with the stigma of plagiarism. In 2000, the 9th Circuit Court upheld an earlier verdict that Bolton's 1991 song, "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" was too similar to the 1964 Isley Brothers song's "Love is a Wonderful Thing." Bolton had sold more than 10 million copies of the recording world-wide. As a result of the ruling, the jury awarded the original artists $5.4 million for copyright infringement. This remains the largest payout for copyright infringement in the music industry.

Read more: http://www.strose.edu/academics/academic_integrity/article3218

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PLAGIARISM OR NOT?

The 1968 song Taurus, played by the group Spirit, is at the center of a May 2014 plagiarism controversy concerning Led Zepplin. These two bands played four total gigs during 1968 and 1969 at which Spirit is said to have played Taurus. Aditionally, Led Zeppelin played a medley of songs during their first US tour that included a Spirit song: Fresh-Garbage, that appeared on the same LP side as Taurus.

What do you think? Listen to Spirit's song and notice around the :44 second mark a remarkably familiar sound. Should Led Zeppelin have credited Spirit's Randy California for that lick?

 

 

 

 HERE ARE MORE POSSIBLE RIP-OFFS!

 

 Are these blatant rip-offs, coincidences, homages, or do they sound nothing alike?

SONG LIST 

  • Chuck Berry - "Sweet Little Sixteen"
  • The Beach Boys - "Surfin' USA"
  • T-Rex - "Get It On (Bang a Gong)"
  • Oasis - "Cigarettes & Alcohol"
  • The Kinks - "Picture Book"
  • Green Day - "Warning"
  • Led Zeppelin - "Going to California"
  • Pearl Jam - "Given to Fly"
  • Joe Jackson - "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"
  • The Raconteurs - "Steady, As She Goes" 
  • Huey Lewis and the News - "I Want a New Drug"
  • Ray Parker Jr. - "Ghostbusters" 
  • Gob - "Give Up The Grudge"
  • Marinas Trench - "Shake Tramp"
  • The Datsuns - "In Love"
  • The Marble Index - "I Believe"
  • Madonna - "Express Yourself"
  • Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"
  • The Cars - "Just What I Needed"
  • Fountains of Wayne - "Stacey's Mom"
  • Tom Petty - "Last Dance With Mary Jane"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California"
  • Spacehog - "In the Meantime"
  • See Spot Run - "Weightless"
  • Kelly Clarkson - "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
  • Fefe Dobson - "Stuttering"
  • Nirvana - "Stay Away" 
  • Stone Temple Pilots - "Between the Lines"
  • R. Kelly - "Ignition"
  • Akon - "Don't Matter" 
  • The Rubinoos - "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"
  • Avril Lavigne - "Girlfriend"
  • Chicago - "25 or 6 to 4"
  • Green Day - "Brain Stew"
  • The Jam - "In the City"
  • The Sex Pistols - "Holidays in the Sun"
  • The Damned - "Life Goes On"
  • Killing Joke - "Eighties
  • Nirvana - "Come As You Are"
  • J.J. Fad - "Supersonic"
  • Fergie - "Fergalicious" 
  • Stereophonics - "Same Size Feet"
  • Oasis - "The Hindu Times" 
  • The Beatles - "Norwegian Wood"
  • Bob Dylan - "4th Time Around"
  • The Beatles - "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
  • The Offspring - "Why Don't You Get a Job?"
  • The Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
  • Bif Naked - "Daddy's Getting Married"
  • Feeder - "High"
  • The Smashing Pumpkins - "Mayonaise"
  • ("Mayonaise" was released before "High" -- I meant to have these in the opposite order.)
  • Hoobastank - "The Reason"
  • Sum 41 - "Best of Me" 
  • Yellowcard - "Only One"
  • Sum 41 - "With Me" 
  • Coldplay - "The Scientist"
  • Sum 41 - "Pieces"
  • Coldplay - "Clocks"
  • Seo In-Young - "Anymore"
  • Neil Diamond - "Cherry Cherry"
  • The Romantics - "What I Like About You"
  • * Minor Threat - "Good Guys (Don't Wear White)"
  • ** The Rolling Stones - "Shake Your Hips"
  • ZZ Top - "La Grange"
  • Chris Isaak - "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing"
  • Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life"
  • Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?"
  • Rush "By-Tor & the Snow Dog"
  • The Smashing Pumpkins - "Cherub Rock"
  • Spirit - "Taurus"
  • Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"

 * This is a cover of a song by The Standells; the video shows The Vaccines.


** "Shake Your Hips" was actually written by American bluesman Slim Harpo. The rhythm has since been borrowed by several artists.

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WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?

Use this document as a study tool for the film presentation below as you prepare for the short quiz in class. The answers for this guide are found in the video below.

 

 

“Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.”

- Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington 

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