You Asked: What is Plagiarism?


Welcome to another: You Asked the Experts Answer, segment. The question this week – What is plagiarism?

If you’ve been watching television, read anything on social media, or in the news this week, you’re aware of the controversial speech Melania Trump gave on Monday night. Personally, I thought her speech was beautifully given and expressed some of the same values I’ve articulated. However, many don’t see it that way, questioning certain passages as plagiarism.

As writers we’ve repeatedly heard the saying, there is no new story under the sun.  Not wanting to plagiarize, I went on the hunt for the original source. There were many quasi-sources but the most original came from the King James Bible – Ecclesiastes 1:9. Some might argue that the above statement is a common expression and doesn’t need sourcing, but and there in lies the rub. How do we know? You can find out more…

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2 thoughts on “You Asked: What is Plagiarism?

  1. It is clear as day, Mrs. Trump copied off word for word, part of Michelle’s speech. And Mrs. Trump lied… she said she wrote it herself, the whole speech, I mean. If H. Clinton did this, the whole US would be in uproar and she would be endlessly crucified.

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  2. Michelle Obama’s speech was really well delivered. Cannot avoid that many portions of the speech were identical or near identical in phrasing when it was supposedly delivered as an original speech by Melania Trump, I think saying that many people are questioning is an understatement.

    With plagiarism it is actually quite easy to avoid even if you gain some ideas from another source or sources or are citing other works. What you do then is note the main points you want to make and any works you are intending to reference and then write the thing yourself, in your own words. Add in references, citations and quotes later if using those to support your arguments and you’re done.

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