Acceptable Use or Plagiarism?

Quiz #2

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 #4

"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 is a new form of music that, unlike disco or funk, represents a completely new sound. This is why listeners and critics don't understand it; it's a genre that is utterly unfamiliar (Salaam, 306).

Acceptable Use Plagiarism

Source Material Potential Use #5
"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).

Salaam states that in its purest form, rap music represents an entirely new sound, which is why it's so misunderstood by expert listeners as well as the general listener. Because it isn't based on earlier forms of music, it's completely unfamiliar.

Acceptable Use Plagiarism

Source Material Potential Use #6
"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).

Rap music is a new form of music unto itself, representing an entirely new sound. This is why it's often misunderstood by music experts and average listeners; it's utterly unfamiliar (306).

Acceptable Use Plagiarism

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