Relying on Other People's Phrases and Sentences

Common forms of plagiarism

Using your own ideas, but with heavy reliance on phrases and sentences from someone else without acknowledgement. 

Original

"The complexity of the current global economy has to do with certain fundamental disjunctures between economy, culture and politics which we have barely begun to theorise" (Appadurai 1999, p. 221).

Plagiarised

The fundamental disjunctures between economy, culture and politics makes free trade an impossible ideal.

Acceptable

The "fundamental disjunctures between economy, culture and politics" (Appadurai 1999, p. 221) make free trade an impossible ideal.

What makes it acceptable?

In-text citation and quotation marks indicate the material you have borrowed.

Better

Free trade is an impossible practice because, as Appadurai has argued in a different context, there are basic disjunctions within the global economic system (Appadurai 1999, p. 221-2).

What makes it better?

  • A paraphrase used rather than a quote.
  • The necessary in-text citation is provided.