1) Many of you, whether you did it on purpose or not (only 1 student entirely plagiarized word-for-word), copied down information from the web (it was so easy to find)
2) Many of you wrote a paragraph-not an essay and therefore did not follow the assignment guidelines.
3) Some of you didn't touch on the idea of diffusion at all-my guess is many people were writing biographies. I received many a biography of Beyonce and Arctic Monkeys and Justin Bieber, but not too many that even attempted to explain diffusion.
Deliberate or not, plagiarism is plagiarism. Given the work in-front of me, 95% of you would receive an "F" based on the amount of copied work.
So I'm erasing the assignment. Think back to your essay-think of the structure and the information. Would that be the type of essay you would hand into your English teacher? Then why had it in to me?
Did some of you not know what to do? Did the word "essay" throw you for a loop? Did you have no clue what to write? Were you unsure how to do your research?
The objective of this essay was cultural diffusion. And most you did not meet the objective.
For the very few of you that did, my apologies.
Your assignment, to be completed in the comment section, is to tell me WHY you didn't use citations, why you didn't explain diffusion. And if you did-please share tips for your classmates. Explain to me what went wrong with the assignment!!!!
Oh. And check here for ways to avoid plagiarism in the future.
Some tips to get you started....
- Keep careful notes (writers often forget where the information comes from)
- Plan your research in advance to lessen the pressure
- cite all the information you've taken from sources, whether quoted verbatim or summarized; electronic or in print
- keep stylebooks /guides close by (Stamford Reference LB2369 .G53 2003)
- Refworks.uconn.edu(bibliographic citation manager)