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Examples of Plagiarizing

Examples of the most prevalent forms of plagiarism, along with commentary and examples of ways to correct them*, are given below. These are:

* In these examples, APA documentation style is used. Please ensure that you use the documentation style required by your instructor.

Please consider the following passage from George Orwell’s famous essay, Politics and the English Language, which will be used as the source material for all examples:

Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers. (from Collected Essays: George Orwell, 1961, p. 353)

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