Uncited paraphrase

What is it?

Even when you explain another person's ideas in your own words, you must still acknowledge the ownership of those ideas. A citation is always required when using the ideas of another person.


Scholarship example

Original referenced text

The shifting fortunes of war had a terrible impact, and not just on those who were killed or maimed in the fighting. When the republican General Custine's forces took the city of Mainz in the Rhineland in October 1792, local patriots created a Society of Friends of Liberty and Equality with five hundred members, adapted their own version of the 'Marseillaise', the 'Bürgerlied der Mainzer', and planted a liberty tree (McPhee, 2016, p. 182).

Text used with permission. McPhee, P. (2016). Liberty or death: The French revolution. London: Yale University Press.

✓ Good scholarship

A group of patriots from the captured city of Mainz formed their own society honouring the ideals of the Revolution, expressing these ideals by planting a liberty tree and creating a local variation of the 'Marseillaise' (McPhee, 2016).

✘ Plagiarism and poor scholarship

A group of patriots from the captured city of Mainz formed their own society honouring the ideals of the Revolution, expressing these ideals by planting a liberty tree and creating a local variation of the 'Marseillaise'.

Explanation

This paraphrase has not acknowledged the original source with a citation.

The referencing style used in this example is APA 6th edition.  Some other referencing styles may also require a page number in the citation. Always check in re:cite if you are unsure.

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