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Avoiding Plagiarism: Teaching Materials

Practice Quiz

Read the question and click the word 'select' beside the answer you think is correct.  A response will drop down telling you if you're right or wrong, and explaining why. This quiz is based on the one by NorQuest College Library

  1. When you use the exact words from a source, like a quotation,  you need to...:
    1. Only put it in quotation marks. [select]
    2. Nothing; It's fine as it is. [select]
    3. Put it in quotations and briefly mention the source. [select]
    4. Put the quote in quotations, and use proper citations. [select]
  2. Even when using your own words and thoughts plagiarism is still possible as 'Self Plagiarism'.  Please select the example that is NOT plagiarism from below:
    1. Taking a paper that you wrote in a previous course and presenting it unchanged as a new work in a different course. [select]
    2. Use portions of your own previous work in a new paper, without acknowledging it as your own earlier work. [select]
    3. Using small parts of your own earlier work, along with new ideas and resources. Citations are used to acknowledge both your own and other people's ideas. [select]
    4. Taking your own older work to use in another course, changing some parts of it but leaving the general tone and message of the paper unchanged. [select]
  3. What needs to be done to avoid plagiarism when a source is paraphrased ?
    1. Mention the original source and leave the words largely unchanged. [select]
    2. Change a few key words from the original source, keeping the overall tone and intent the same. [select]
    3. Change the words and style of the original source, while still conveying the overall meaning. Include a proper citation to the original source. [select]
    4. Use the exact words in the original source and include a proper citation. [select]
  4. A student writes a paper with proper citations, but a majority of the paper is based on one source.  Why could this be considered plagiarism?
    1. Because a paper should include original thought and new ideas about a topic. [select]
    2. Because using only one source for the main parts of a paper is essentially copying the work of another person. [select]
    3. Because it could rely too closely on the original work's wording and structure. [select]
    4. All of the above. [select]
  5. Which of the following examples is NOT considered Common Knowledge?
      1. The capital city of Canada is Ottawa. [select]
      2. World War One ended in 1918. [select]
      3. A penny saved is a penny earned. [select]
      4. Moose were successfully introduced on Newfoundland in 1878 and 1904. [select]
  6. What is the correct way to paraphrase from a source?
    1. Use some of the original authors phrases exactly, mixed with your own.  [select]
    2. Use a thesaurus to change several of the words while keeping the structure and tone the same. [select]
    3. Use your own words to communicate the ideas of the original author, and cite the source. [select]
  7. You finish writing a paper and give it to a friend to look over and discuss.  Is this plagiarism?
    1. Yes, if anyone gives you advice it can be plagiarism. [select]
    2. It is fine to get a second opinion as long as the discussion is general, and any changes are made by you. [select]
  8. What are steps you can take to avoid plagiarism?
    1. Use a standardized citation format like MLA or APA. [select]
    2. Keep careful notes when researching on what sources information came from. [select]
    3. Take the time to synthesize the information from your sources, including your own voice and ideas, to create a new and unique work. [select]
    4. All of the above. [select]

Congratulations! You have finished the quiz.  If you have more questions about plagiarism look at the additional resources available in this guide.  For any specific questions you can always go to your instructor or a librarian for clarification.