Acceptable Use or Plagiarism?

Quiz #1

The paragraph on the left in each example below is text taken from a scholarly journal. On the right are three examples of how the information has been used by a student. For each different use, indicate whether you think the use is acceptable (properly cited) or constitutes plagiarism.

 

Source Material Potential Use #1

"Rap music, unlike disco or funk, is a new genre unto itself. Disco and funk were variations of an already existing, and therefore familiar, form--rhythm and blues. Rap music, in its purest form, presents an entirely new sound. This is one of the reasons rap music tends to be so misunderstood not only by the general public but also by "accomplished" music critics--it is completely unfamiliar."

Taken from Mtume ya Salaam's "The Aesthetics of Rap", African American Review 29 (2): Summer 1995; 303-315. (Passage cited is from page 306.)

"Rap music, unlike disco or funk, is a new genre unto itself." It represents a completely new sound, which is why listeners and critics don't understand it; it is completely unfamiliar (Salaam, 306).

Acceptable Use Plagiarism

Source Material Potential Use #2
"Rap music, unlike disco or funk, is a new genre unto itself. Disco and funk were variations of an already existing, and therefore familiar, form--rhythm and blues. Rap music, in its purest form, presents an entirely new sound. This is one of the reasons rap music tends to be so misunderstood not only by the general public but also by "accomplished" music critics--it is completely unfamiliar" (Salaam, 1995, 306).

According to Mtume ya Salaam, rap music is "a new genre unto itself," because it is a completely new form of music. He argues that "the general public" and even "'accomplished' music critics" misunderstand it precisely because it is so unfamiliar (306).

Acceptable Use Plagiarism

Source Material Potential Use #3
"Rap music, unlike disco or funk, is a new genre unto itself. Disco and funk were variations of an already existing, and therefore familiar, form--rhythm and blues. Rap music, in its purest form, presents an entirely new sound. This is one of the reasons rap music tends to be so misunderstood not only by the general public but also by "accomplished" music critics--it is completely unfamiliar" (Salaam, 1995, 306).

One of the reasons I listen to rap music is because it seems to be completely different from anything I've ever heard. Mtume ya Salaam confirms this opinion when he states that rap is "an entirely new sound" (306). He goes on to say that many listeners, even critics, don't understand rap because it sounds so unfamiliar to them, unlike disco or funk, which have sprung from rhythm and blues (306).

Acceptable Use Plagiarism


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