Writing – Plagiarism Example 3

Original Phrasing & Borrowed Ideas

 

 

Knossos, an ancient city on the Island of Crete, holds the secrets to one of the most fascinating civilizations of the ancient world. Stories of King Minos, Theseus and Ariadne with her ball of string have long fascinated visitors. While archaeologists have never found a labyrinth, they have found rooms, halls, courts, frescoes, thrones, jewelry and storage jars which have revealed much about the ancient lifestyle of the Minoans.

 

 

Verdict:  Plagiarized.

  1. The wording appears to be the writer's. (OK)
  2. The details in the last sentence are not "common knowledge"; they belong to someone else (unless the writer has been to the site (location) and has first-hand knowledge.)  "archaeologists have never found a labyrinth"   

Recommendation:  

The author should use an in-text citation and then include the full source in the "works cited" list.(See Citation styles.)

 

Knossos, an ancient city on the Island of Crete, holds the secrets to one of the most fascinating civilizations of the ancient world. Stories of King Minos, Theseus and Ariadne with her ball of string have long fascinated visitors. "While archaeologists have never found a labyrinth, they have found rooms, halls, courts, frescoes, thrones, jewelry and storage jars which have revealed much about the ancient lifestyle of the Minoans" (Weber 44)

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Works Cited  (Place this at the end of the paper.)

Weber, James. Knossos: A New View on Ancient History.  Crete: Chania Press, 1989. Print. 

 

 

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