In this video, Professor Bear checks in with her student Blue Rabbit to see how his essay is coming along. As their discussion progresses, they are both in for a big surprise! Professor Bear discovers that Blue Rabbit is not familiar with plagiarism and citing other authors. On the other hand, Blue Rabbit is shocked to find out that he cannot turn in another author’s work for credit. The two creatures have a great discussion about how to cite and the three types of plagiarism: cheating, non-attribution and patchwriting. As a result of their conversation, Blue Rabbit is given the tips and resources he needs to succeed in quoting and citing other works.
This assignment was a great reminder in the severity of plagiarism. Not only is it cheating, it is stealing! Additionally, this was the first time that I was able to understand what the term self-plagiarism meant. Previous teachers had mentioned not to use previous work in a new class, but the explanation provided in our APA manuals provided more insight into this topic. I learned that it doesn’t mean you can’t use things from previous self-works, but rather you must cite yourself and mention that you are doing so!
The act of taking another author’s writing and claiming it as your own could bring about grave consequences: a failing grade on an assignment, suspension from school or even legal action. Whether I’m writing an essay for school or an entry in my personal blog, I’ve learned that when in doubt, cite it!