Charleston Southern University Plagiarism Tutorial

Paraphrasing - Example 2

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."


President Kennedy had been working on removing the Jupiter missiles from Turkey for quite some time. Thus, the Russian proposal was not much of a concession for the US. In addition, the US felt secure in that region because they had Polaris submarines in the Mediterranean.1



No. This passage does three things well that the plagiarized passage doesn’t. First, while many of the key nouns are used, the verbs and structure of the sentences are not the same as in the original. Second, it cites that it came from Kennedy’s book, page 94. Third, the author has made it his/her own. It now reflects how he/she writes rather than how Robert F. Kennedy writes.


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