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Different Types of Plagiarism

The most extreme cases of plagiarism are really obvious. But Mr. Lexington says that sometimes students plagiarize without even meaning to do it. And that’s exactly what happened to my friend Zoe! She called me after school yesterday to tell me all about it. Click through the following slideshow and see what happened.

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Zoe’s project was disqualified from the National History Day contest because of her mistake. She felt awful! Still, she learned a valuable lesson. She plans to be really careful about how she takes notes from now on.

Click each paperclip to see Zoe's note taking tips.

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I just realized something. We’ve talked a lot about what needs to be cited in a research paper, but not much about what doesn’t need a citation. Your own thoughts or analysis of a topic do not have to be cited – because they are your own.

For instance, in the conclusion of my paper, I make the argument that Harriet Tubman was very brave for risking her life leading others to slavery. This is my own analysis, so it doesn’t need to be cited.