Charleston Southern University Plagiarism Tutorial

Paraphrasing - Example 1

Original text:

"The fact was that the proposal the Russians made was not unreasonable and did not amount to a loss to the U.S. or to our NATO allies. On several occasions over the period of the past eighteen months, the President had asked the State Department to reach an agreement with Turkey for the withdrawal of Jupiter missiles in that country. They were clearly obsolete, and our Polaris submarines in the Mediterranean would give Turkey far greater protection."


The Russian proposal was not unreasonable and not much of a loss to the US or its allies. The US was planning on removing Jupiter missiles from Turkey, and had tried to do so over the last eighteen months. The missiles were no longer useful and the Polaris submarine in the Mediterranean Sea was better protection for Turkey.


Yes. This passage is plagiarized for a few reasons. First, it states the exact same information in using many of the same words. Second it doesn’t cite where it came from. Third, there is no interpretation of the data. The author of this plagiarized passage did not make it his/her own (put it in his/her voice).


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