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Plagiarism is often thought of only in the context of academic institutions, but there are many reported situations outside of the classroom where individuals use ideas from other people without giving proper credit. While in school, the consequences may be reflected in a students grade. Outside of school, the consequences may tarnish a professionals reputation and potentially bring legal action. This weeks Reading and Learning Activities included resources to help you avoid plagiarism, and this Discussion will give you an opportunity to practice those skills. For another helpful overview of plagiarism, review the TED Talks Punishable Perils of Plagiarism.

For this weeks Discussion, you will find a credible source that presents a rival perspective to your argument for change, share a key passage from the source, and then paraphrase that information using a signal phrase and in-text citation. Respond to the following prompts in at least two well-developed paragraphs (not including the copied-and-pasted material from your secondary source):

Describe the rival source you found and why you selected that source. What makes this a reliable source?
Copy and paste a 1-5 sentence passage from the source and label it as the Original Passage.
Paraphrase the short passage you shared. Be sure to use in-text citations with any sentences paraphrasing ideas from the source, e.g., (Doe, 2013) or According to Jane Doe (2013). Remember from your Reading, an effective paraphrase sets up the information and explains it in a way that connects it to your argument (Krause, 2007).
Ask an open-ended question related to how you can effectively address the disagreement in your argument or related to paraphrasing and using sources.
At the end of your post, provide a complete APA 6th Edition style reference page citation for the source.
To earn full participation credit, you will need to respond substantively to at least two peers initial Discussion posts and show active engagement in the discussion as described in the grading rubric. For an extra challenge this week, compare the meaning of the source to the original passage and see if you can identify any minor shifts in meaning that may need to be resolved to ensure an effective paraphrase.

All Discussion posts and responses to peers should be written in complete sentences using Standard English. Before posting, proofread for grammar, spelling, and word-choice issues. Be sure to respond fully to every aspect of the Discussion.

When you refer to concepts from the units Reading, be sure to use a signal phrase like According to . . .[name of reading]. If you are directly quoting the Reading or another source, be sure to use quotation marks and cite the source using proper APA in-text citations and full references. See the Purdue Global Writing Center Using Sources for resources on APA citation formatting.

Discussion Board Rubric

Review the Discussion Board rubric your instructor will use to determine your Discussion grade.

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