The temptation to copy and paste content from the Internet is a reality for many people. Without proper citation of the work this practice is unethical, dishonest, and illegal. One way to check your work for original content rather than plagiarism is to utilize a plagiarism checker. In this Quest you will be checking content you copy from the Internet as well as your own work for originality vs. plagiarism.
Plagiarism: the practice of taking/copying someone else’s work or ideas and using that work as your own
Plagiarism checker: an online tool that searches the Internet to check for duplicated content/material
Unethical: behavior that is improper and not morally acceptable
1. Visit http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086 to find information on Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. LC-DIG-ppmsc-01629 Source: Library of Congress
2. Copy the synopsis
3. Now let's check this information for original content
4. Visit http://www.paperrater.com/plagiarism_checker and paste the copied content into the text box. Agree to the terms of service by checking the box and then click on get report
5. When results are completed, take a screen shot of the results box
6. In a word processing program or blog reflect on the following questions:
Show the percentage of originality by pasting the screenshot and reflect on what the results tell you?
Now find a document you have created and check it for plagiarism using the PaperRater. Show the percentage of originality by pasting the screenshot (in same word doc as above) and reflect on what the results tell you. Do you have any original content or have you possibly copied some from the Internet?
Now that you have checked two documents for original content, add a paragraph to your current document on why sites such as PaperRater exist and why it could benefit you in the future?
Completing this Quest
Once you have ran several documents through the plagiarism checker and have answered the questions, save the document to your File Space.
Check this Quest off the 21t4s Roadmap
ISTE and Common Core Standards
1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
2. Digital Citizen
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
c. demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property
Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.