Plagiarism occurs when students change words, rearrange sentences, or use synonyms when paraphrasing the original text. Paraphrasing entails expressing others' ideas in your own words so a citation must be provided. The ideas are still the author's and credit must be given. Plagiarism occurs not only when borrowing words but also ideas.

For more information on how to paraphrase, go to Strategies to Avoid Plagiarism

Example 1: Paraphrasing - Correct Version

Original Source Material
Student's Version

Business plays a mammoth role in workforce development, but many environments are inhospitable to learning, and business goals may fail to serve the learner. The competitive global economy has caused employers to take a greater interest in human resource development because it is through people, not technology, that competitive edge is gained.

Although the corporate world represents a major influence in employees' education, what matters is how this education positively impacts job outcomes regardless of the educational interests of the learner. In spite of an increasing interest in the labor force as a competitive advantage for organizations, economic interests seem to be above educational ones (Bierema, 2000).

Source:
Bierema, L. L. (2000). Moving beyond performance paradigms in human resource development. In A. L. Wilson & E. R. Hayes (Eds.), Handbook of adult and continuing education (pp. 278-293). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Reference:
Bierema, L. L. (2000). Moving beyond performance paradigms in human resource development. In A. L. Wilson & E. R. Hayes (Eds.), Handbook of adult and continuing education (pp. 278-293). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Analysis:

  • Note that the passage ends with a citation of the author (APA style).
  • The main ideas of the paragraph are expressed in different words, but the argument is the same as the author's.
  • A reference is also provided (APA style).

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