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Plagiarism hits the headlines

Posted on: August 1, 2016

queenofthesouthseas-800pxWho would have thought that plagiarism would hit the news in such a big way? But it has – in US politics. This summer Melania Trump delivered a speech which lifts whole phrases from a speech made by Michelle Obama in 2008. Don’t take our word for it though, compare the speeches yourselves and see what you think:

Melania Trump convention speech seems to plagiarise Michelle Obama

It’s so important to put the time into making what you have to say creative and choose whom you quote. If you are using someone else’s words, transform them and develop new ideas. What comes across is that Melania Trump wasn’t given enough guidance and support to be able to put her own opinion and character into her speech. It’s a lesson in plagiarism: don’t parrot something without questioning and citing where those words come from originally.

For more help with using others’ words and ideas, there is a new edition of ‘Cite Them Right’ is available soon.

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