What is plagiarism? According to the Online Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, to plagiarize means to:

Examples:

I would be plagiarizing if I were to write an essay about the walrus and said:

  1. The walrus' other characteristic features are equally useful. As their favorite meals, particularly shellfish, are found near the dark ocean floor, walruses use their extremely sensitive whiskers, called mustacial vibrissae, as detection devices.
  2. As their favorite meals, particularly shellfish, are found near the dark ocean floor, walruses use their extremely sensitive whiskers, called mustacial vibrissae, as detection devices. The walrus' other characteristic features are equally useful.
  3. Walrus’ use special whiskers called mustacial vibrissae to find shellfish on the ocean floor. They also have other body parts that are as useful.

Why is this plagiarism?

Remember, even though you learned from the walrus site and wrote sentences in your own words, the information still does not belong to you!

How do I avoid plagiarism? To avoid plagiarism you need to always cite your sources. Your teacher will often ask for a Bibliography or Works Cited page at the end of your assignment. Their are special ways to write the bibliography that you will read about in the scavenger hunt.

Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt Activity

The Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt assignment will teach you more about plagiarism. You will learn an example of plagiarism from a child's world, how we find people who plagiarize, plagiarism and the law, how to cite, and how our two most popular colleges view plagiarism.

Instructions:

Hunt 1: Kids Understanding Plagiarism
What is Plagiarism: http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/plagiarism.html# (be sure to read all 3 pages)

  1. What is the Latin word for plagiarism?
  2. What is a bibliography?

Hunt 2: Detecting Plagiarism
Free Plagiarism Detector: http://plagiarism-detect.com/

Copy and paste the following into the detector: As their favorite meals, particularly shellfish, are found near the dark ocean floor, walruses use their extremely sensitive whiskers, called mustacial vibrissae, as detection devices.

  1. What percentage does the site tell you is plagiarized?
  2. How many links does the site tell you the sentence is plagiarized from?

Hunt 3: Plagiarism and the Law
Plagiarism.org FAQ: http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_plagiarism_faq.html

  1. Is plagiarism against the law?
  2. List 2 punishments from academic institutions (schools).
  3. List 2 possible legal punishments.

Hunt 4: Citing Sources
Citing Sources: http://www.eduplace.com/parents/resources/homework/reference/bibliography.html#head

  1. How do I cite a source on the World Wide Web?
  2. How do I cite a source from a book with one author?

Hunt 5: College Honesty
University of Iowa: Academic Honesty and Iowa State University: Academic Honesty

  1. Give one example for how U of I defines plagiarism.
  2. Give one example for how ISU defines plagiarism.

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