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This subject could easily be plagarised. It's not like the answer has to be 100% true or like no-one has similar goals to OP. And the WAY it's written could be copied, even if the content has been slightly changed.

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  leogachi

@17 Sheldon's crazy, though.

I got accused of plagiarizing a paper about my family once. Even when I submitted to a plagiarism checking site that said otherwise, the "lack of citations" I included was "a dead giveaway."

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  ThatOneChick856

#21- I know you're joking, but that's pretty much how my high school English teacher made me cite my family for a 15 page final paper at the end of the year.

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21—that is how you would cite it, except you would use your mom's actual name and cite it as an interview. In academic papers, you really are supposed to cite everything that isn't an original idea. I can't imagine anyone, though, outside of a college professor, calling plagiarism on that.... Seems excessively pedantic.

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There was a local college professor some years back that got fired for plagiarising himself, because he used a quote from a previous article/whatever HE wrote without citing it.

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John Fogarty of Creedence Clear Water Revival was sued for plagiarizing himself.... Apparently one of his solo songs sounded too much like a CCR song. He lost, too. You really can plagiarize anything.... That's why I always tell my students: cite, cite, cite!

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I've been teaching for a long time and you'd be amazed at the ways students try to cheat. You can find almost any kind of paper (even ones like this) online. Or recycle a sibling's or friend's paper. Change a few details, and presto! A plagiarized paper. Of course, if it was an in-class, timed writing, that's a bit more difficult to cheat on. Not impossible, but difficult.

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You use someone else's paper (or ideas/vision/story) and put your name on it. It's not like the teacher is going to track down students in 10 years and retroactively dock grades because the students aren't where they said they'd be... I think you're overthinking it. You can plagiarize anything.

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