Using Sentences from Someone Else

A common forms of plagiarism is lifting sentences or paragraphs from someone else, even with proper acknowledgement, gives the impression that the idea or information comes from the source cited, but that the phrasing, the choice of words to express it, is your own.

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.

Plagiarised

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 (Appardurai 1999, p. 221).

Acceptable version

"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).

What makes it acceptable?

Uses quotation marks to indicate that both words and ideas have been borrowed from the original source.

  • The sentence taken from the original remains unchanged.
  • A correct citation is provided.