Plagiarism is often thought of only in the context of academic institutions, but there are many reported situations outside of the classroom where individuals use ideas from other people without giving proper credit. While in school, the consequences may be reflected in a student’s grade. Outside of school, the consequences may tarnish a professional’s reputation and potentially bring legal action. This week’s reading and learning activities included resources to help you avoid plagiarism, and this discussion will give you an opportunity to practice those skills. For another helpful overview of plagiarism, review the TED Talks Punishable Perils of Plagiarism.
For this week’s discussion, you will find a credible source that either presents a rival perspective to your argument for change or will help you address a rival hypothesis that you identified in the Unit 4 Assignment. Then, you will share a key passage from the source that is relevant to the rival hypothesis and paraphrase that information using a signal phrase and in-text citation. Respond to the following prompts in at least two well-developed paragraphs (not including the copied-and-pasted material from your secondary source):
Identify the rival hypothesis you need to address in your essay.
Describe the rival source you found and why you selected that source. What makes this a credible source?
Copy and paste a 1–5 sentence passage from the source and label it as the “Original Passage.”
Paraphrase the short passage you shared in a way that you might use the idea in your essay (for example, refute the rival hypothesis). Be sure to use in-text citations with any sentences paraphrasing ideas from the source, e.g., (Doe, 2013) or According to Jane Doe (2013). Remember from your reading that an effective paraphrase sets up the information and explains it in a way that connects it to your argument (Krause, 2007).
Ask an open-ended question related to how you can effectively address the disagreement in your argument or related to paraphrasing and using sources.