Information & Research Instruction Suite (IRIS)

What Do You Know About Plagiarism and How to Avoid It?

How well do you understand how to recognize and avoid plagiarism? Take this quiz to find out. If you pass this quiz you can print out your score, or email it to your instructor. If you get all the questions correct you can also print out a Certificate of Accomplishment as proof of your perfect score. Feel free to re-take the quiz. When you miss a question, we will provide a link to the section of the Plagiarism Module that you should review before re-taking the quiz.

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1. Of the following types of information, which one does NOT need to be acknowledged:
A. A word-for-word quotation from The New York Times online about economic recovery
B. A photograph of Rosa Parks that you found in Women in World History: A Biographical Dictionary.
C. A paragraph you wrote summarizing information from a Newsweek article about bioengineered food.
D. A list of three most important things you think students can do to succeed in college

2. When you use information word-for-word from another source, you must put quotation marks around the word-for-word passage and cite the source.
A. True
B. False

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

4. Two of the following are true. Which two?
A. A bibliographic citation is brief information about a source that goes in the body of the paper, next to where you use the information.
B. You can develop your own style for writing bibliographic citations
C. A bibliographic citation provides full information about a source
D. A list of one or more bibliographic citations is often called a Bibliography or Works Cited.

Read the sentences below and decide which would need to be cited:

5.a. A recent study concluded the global temperature has increased .6 degrees C in the past 100 years.
A. Needs to be cited
B. Does not need to be cited

5.b. With 125,182 square miles, Norway is just a little larger than the state of Texas
A. Needs to be acknowledged
B. Does not need to be acknowledged

5.c. It's my opinion that people remain dependent on petroleum because most of us are unwilling to change out habits and our way of life.
A. Needs to be cited
B. Does not need to be cited

5.d. 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. Needs to be cited
B. Does not need to be cited

6. You do not have to provide a citation for information you find in Google Books.
A. True
B. False

7. You can purchase a research paper from an internet term paper service and turn it in as your own work as long as you sign a contract with the online service.
A. True
B. False

8. 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

9. Which of the following types of sources must be acknowledged (Check all that apply.):
A. information available in a variety of textbooks and general encyclopedias
B. direct quotations, paraphrases and summaries, arguable assumptions
C. common knowledge
D. images, photos, graphics, charts, tables and statistics
your own ideas, discoveries and reasonings

10. Which of the following provides a format for organizing information about your sources (choose one):
A. dictionary
B. thesaurus
C. style manual
D. bibliography

11. Which of the following statements is true (choose one):
A. The best style manual to use no matter what class you're in is MLA
B. Many databases provide citations that are automatically formatted perfectly
C. There are many different style manuals from which to choose, depending on the discipline or class
D. Style manuals are only for students; professionals never use them

12. Please write a sentence or two describing what kinds of strategies you will use to avoid plagiarizing