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Plagiarism?  It's your call!
 

Plagiarism ranges from copying word-for-word to paraphrasing a passage without crediting the source. Below is a sentence from a book. The original source is followed by its use in three student papers.

1) Read the original passage. 
2) For each version, click
YES if you think it's plagiarism or NO if you think
     it's not.

Original Passage
Still, the telephone was only a convenience, permitting Americans to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before. 1
Abbie
The telephone was a convenience, enabling Americans to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before.

  

Teresa
Daniel J. Boorstin has noted that most Americans considered the telephone as simply "a convenience," an instrument that allowed them "to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before." 2

  

Brian
Daniel J. Boorstin argues that the telephone was only a convenience, permitting Americans to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before.

  

1
(Daniel J. Boorstin, The Americans: The Democratic Experience, page 390.  
2 Excerpt, examples, and commentary below are from James M. McCrimmon, Writing With A Purpose, page 499.)
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