Plagiarism Tutorial: Welcome
This tutorial is designed to challenge your understanding of plagiarism and the ethical use of sources in academic writing. You will see ten samples of source material and ten corresponding examples of student writing. It is up to you to determine if the student has used each source responsibly.
At the end of this exercise, you will be asked to list three best practices for using sources responsibly. These rules and your results can be shared with your professor.
For more information, see Recognizing & Avoiding Plagiarism.
“Once, we built structures entirely from the most durable substances we knew: granite block, for instance. The results are still around today to admire, but we don’t often emulate them, because quarrying, cutting, transporting, and fitting stone require a patience we no longer possess. No one since the likes of Antoni Gaudí, who began Barcelona’s yet-unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica in 1880, contemplates investing in construction that our great-great-grandchildren’s grandchildren will complete 250 years hence. Nor, absent the availability of a few thousand slaves, is it cheap, especially compared to another Roman innovation: concrete.”
Weisman, Alan. The World Without Us. Macmillan, 2008.
Student Writing Sample
In the past, people constructed buildings with the most durable materials available: granite block, for example. We typically do not build buildings from such materials today because quarrying, cutting, transporting, and fitting stone is a tedious and expensive process.