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Plagiarism? It's Your Call

Plagiarism ranges from copying word for word to paraphrasing a passage without credit and changing only a few words. Below is a sentence from a book. The original source is followed by its use in three student papers. See what you think is plagiarism.

For each student's version check the pull-down box to see if the passage would be considered plagiarism.

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. (See MLA citation below.)
Abbie
The telephone was a convenience, enabling Americans to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before.
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.
Chad
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." (390).
MLA citation for original source:
Boorstin, Daniel J. The Americans: The Democratic

         Experience
. New York: Vintage, 1974. Print.

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