Plagiarism occurs when the sources of statistics, graphs, drawings, or charts are not acknowledged whether the source of information is the Internet, a printed source, or any other medium.

Example 1: Use of Charts - Correct Use

Original Source Material
Student's Version


In my opinion, the presence of immigrants in Florida seems to be more accepted each year by Floridians. As the above chart indicates1, the opinions towards immigration from 1989 to 2002 tend to be more favorable with each passing year, although a majority still thinks that immigration is a bad thing for the state.

Source:

Florida poll chart on the opinion about the number of people moving to Florida from other countries 1999-2002, prepared by the FIU/Florida poll, Florida International University at http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/
ipor/issues02/imml.htmt

1 Florida poll chart on the opinion about the number of people moving to Florida from other countries 1999-2002, prepared by the FIU/Florida poll, Florida International University at http://www.fiu.edu/
orgs/ipor/issues02/imml.htm

Analysis:

  • Note the citing of the source of the chart using a footnote as the student is using the chart to support the ideas presented.
  • The text reflects the student's personal ideas supported by an interpretation of the chart cited using a footnote.

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