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Avoiding Plagiarism Quiz

Test your knowledge of how to avoid plagiarism with these 20 questions.

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1. You only have to cite sources that you use in written papers.
A. True
B. False

2. Assume you have written this statement in a paper:
It's my opinion that people remain dependent on petroleum because most of us are unwilling to change our habits and our way of life.
A. This statement does not need to be cited.
B. This statement needs to be cited.

3. Assume you have included this statement on a PowerPoint slide:
Pure pasture-raised products still represent less than 2% of the nation's supply, but sales reached $250 million last year, so the trend is expected to increase.
A. This statement does not need to be cited.
B. This statement needs to be cited.

4. You do not need to give credit to images that you find using Google images.
A. True
B. False

5. You do not need to give credit to information you find using Google books.
A. True
B. False

6. Tutors, friends and others can point out weaknesses and offer suggestions in your work, but they may not rewrite your work.
A. True
B. False

7. You do not need to give credit to commonly known, general information that is available in widely used, credible sources such as textbooks and general encyclopedias (Example: The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia at the Continental Congress).
A. True
B. False

8. If you're not sure whether or not you're plagiarizing, or you have questions about plagiarism, you can get help from:
A. Librarians
B. Your instructor
C. Tutors & writing center
D. A, B, and C are correct

9. You can copy and paste information from a website and use it without giving credit as long as there's not an author listed.
A. True
B. False

10. Which of the following accurately describes a style manual?
A. Database that will help you find sources
B. Book that defines specific rules for how to write, organize and refer to citations
C. Official dictionary for choosing and using the correct way to format your sentences
D. Thesaurus-type book that helps you choose the appropriate words

11. Many academic disciplines have their own style manual.
A. True
B. False

12. You can ethically use a research paper that you purchase from a term paper web site as long as you:
A. Provide a citation to the term paper site
B. Evaluate the term paper site to make sure itís reputable and trustworthy
C. Both a and b are correct
D. Neither a nor b are correct

13. A bibliographic citation is...
A. A list describing the steps you take to find a source
B. A paragraph summarizing a source
C. Unique information that describes a source
D. One possible penalty for plagiarizing

14. You do not need to give credit to images that you copy from the internet as long as you're only using it on a poster or a PowerPoint slide.
A. True
B. False

15. Plagiarism is something that only counts while you're in school.
A. True
B. False

16. In some cultures it's considered respectful to borrow ideas and work from others; in U.S. culture you can still borrow ideas and work, but you show respect by giving credit to people you borrow or learn from.
A. True
B. False

17. Paraphrasing means that you take someone else's words or ideas and express them using your own words.
A. True
B. False

18. Plagiarism could lead to an academic warning, failure of the assignment or class, academic suspension, and/or expulsion from school.
A. True
B. False

19. Assume you have written the following in a paper:

One popular blogger wrote, "Having a zero inbox doesnít mean that Iím all caught up in my work (Iím not sure thatís even possible) but it does mean that I know exactly what needs to be done, and where I am in the process (most of the time)."

Which of these is true?


A. This passage does not need to be cited.
B. This passage needs to be cited.

20. You do not need to provide a citation for information that you use as long as you paraphrase properly.
A. True
B. False

21. (Text entry, no points) Please write two or more sentences describing what strategies you will use to avoid plagiarizing.