Plagiarism is often thought of 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. The 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.
Find a reliable secondary source for an argument for change in
your community or workplace. Then, choose a short passage that verifies or
disputes your position. Respond to the following prompts in at least two
well-developed paragraphs (not including the copied-and-pasted material from
your secondary source):
- Describe the source you found, the process you used to find it, and why you
selected it. What makes this a reliable source? Does it support or refute
- Paraphrase relevant information from a short passage in the source you
found. Be sure to use in-text citations with any sentences reflecting ideas
from the source, e.g., (Doe, 2013) or According to Jane Doe (2013).
- At the end of your post, provide a complete APA 6th Edition style
references page citation for the source you found and copy/paste the
original text that you paraphrased. Be sure to label clearly the part that
is copied (e.g., original). Also, label what you have written (e.g.,
To earn full participation credit, you will need to respond substantively to at
least two peers’ initial Discussion posts. These responses should stay on topic
and generate further discussion by asking questions, mentioning relevant
examples, and if possible, referencing concepts from the unit Learning
All Discussion posts and responses to peers should be written in complete
sentences using Standard American English. Before posting, proofread for
grammar, spelling, and word-choice issues. Be sure to respond fully to every
aspect of the Discussion.
When you refer to concepts from the unit’s Learning Activities, be sure to use a
signal phrase like “According to . . .[name of reading].” If you are directly
quoting the Learning Activities or another source, be sure to use quotation
marks and cite the source using proper APA in-text citations and full
Kaplan University Writing Center has
resources on APA citation formatting.
You can review a sample Discussion post and response to a peer by clicking on the
Unit 6 Sample Discussion Assignment.
You can review the rubric the instructor will use when determining your
Discussion grade by clicking on the following link:
Discussion Assignment Grading Rubric.