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Writing – Example 6

Easily detected: second hand data

 

 

Knossos is by far the largest of the later palaces (surface area measured at one level: ca. 13,000 m.2; note that much of this area was covered by two or more stories of building), Knossos is merely one example of an architectural type which is repeated in four presently known examples [also Mallia, with surface area of 7,600 m.2; Phaistos, with surface area of ca. 6,500 m.2; Zakro, with surface area of ca. 2,800 m.2].

 

 

Verdict:  Plagiarized.

The paragraph includes details gathered from a remote site where the writer is unlikely to have been and to have gathered first-hand data.

Recommendation:  Cite the source:

  1. Use an in-text citation after the list of data.
  2. Include the source in the "works cited" list. (See Citation styles.)

 

Knossos is by far the largest of the later palaces (surface area measured at one level: ca. 13,000 m.2; note that much of this area was covered by two or more stories of building), Knossos is merely one example of an architectural type which is repeated in four presently known examples [also Mallia, with surface area of 7,600 m.2; Phaistos, with surface area of ca. 6,500 m.2; Zakro, with surface area of ca. 2,800 m.2] (Castle 112-30).

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

Castle, Roger. Cretan Palaces of the Ancient Minoans.  Crete: Chania Press, 1988. Print. 

 

(The book above is fictitious and is used for example.)

 

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