Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Avoid it Like the Plagiarism

The last paper in my series on plagiarism, here's an English 125 paper by someone scared to accidentally plagiarize. The actual paper goes on for five pages, but I figured two was enough for you to get the idea. By the way "ibid" means the info being cited is from the same place as the previous citation.

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Hopefully people will have to start writing papers again soon so I can find things other than schedules in the printers. I've got a podcast that someone did and plenty of other papers ready to be put online, so we won't have any shortage of material for a while at least


Anonymous Klumpig said...

Holy cats (Smith 19). There is definately something wrong if you are citing every sentence for a whole page (ibid). That is, there is something wrong if the assignment was not to take notes on a subject, pick the best bits of information, and piece them together into a paper (ibid).

Whenever I come here I remember how special people are (Evolution 56).

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Luke said...

If you are citing that much information every paragraph, you really need to get some help.

Talking to a prof or some one who is knowledgeable about citing information for instance..

5:32 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

Yes, it is bad to be citing that much information every paragraph (Luke, 5:32).

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeremy said...

Even when the author boldly puts forth a thought without a citation, s/he falls into n00bish pitfalls-

"You can expect"
"You can see"
"Many people believe"
and etc.

There was a day when these would be the targets of our scorn. In this paper, they're but mild offenses. Goodness gracious.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell me the phrase "tramp stamp" is written (and its source cited) within that paper.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

This is the nightmare that always precedes the long, "put the fear of God in 'em" lecture on plagiarism I give my students. I have a feeling that this nightmare will now intesify...

this website always makes me so grateful that I am not grading these papers!

7:41 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

you're right jeremy: this paper is really lacking in the scorn department. my bad.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Impe's imp said...

ahfb - your first response reminds of of this crazy evangelist, Jack Van Impe (he has a tv show called "Van Impe Presents" or something like that). Apparently he has a good portion of the Bible memorized and so he uses at least one biblical reference per sentence. It sounds something like this:

And then the Lord whose love for us passes all understanding (3 John 4:16) will smite the foes of Israel (Isaiah 20:46) and will bring all the faithful to his throne in the last days (Revelation 6:3).

And he always speaks like that. In any context. It's pretty ridiculous.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous jeremy said...

I didn't mean you were slacking, just that what we usually make fun of is TOTALLY overshadowed by far crappier writing in this case.

9:16 AM  

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