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Plagiarism tutorial

Activity: Quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing

Bob Dylan at Azkena Rock Festival, 2010Let's practice.

Read this passage from a 2017 Slate magazine article by Andrea Pitzer:

If a songwriter can win the Nobel Prize for literature, can CliffsNotes be art? During his official lecture recorded on June 4, laureate Bob Dylan described the influence on him of three literary works from his childhood: The Odyssey, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Moby-Dick. Soon after, writer Ben Greenman noted that in his lecture Dylan seemed to have invented a quote from Moby-Dick.

Those familiar with Dylan’s music might recall that he winkingly attributed fabricated quotes to Abraham Lincoln in his “Talking.” So Dylan making up an imaginary quote is nothing new. However, I soon discovered that the Moby-Dick line Dylan dreamed up last week seems to be cobbled together out of phrases on the website SparkNotes, the online equivalent of CliffsNotes. (Pitzer).

Now decide whether the following quotes, summaries, and paraphrases of the passage are acceptable or would be considered plagiarism.


Image: "Bob Dylan performing in 2010," by Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz, licensed under CC BY 2.0.