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Plagiarism 2 Responses: Not Plagiarism

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Nice try!

Actually, though, this IS an example of plagiarism because it did not include all the necessary elements of a citation:

  • The publication year is not included
  • The page number (or for a web source, paragraph number) is not included. Although APA does not require a page (or paragraph) number for paraphrases or summaries, it is required for direct quotations.

Here's what was correct about the citation:

  • The quote was enclosed in quotation marks
  • The author was identified

Here’s how we could cite the source correctly and prevent plagiarism:

According to Peter Thiel (2014), "Every culture has a myth of decline from some golden age and almost all peoples throughout history have been pessimists" (p. 63).

Thiel, P. (2014). Zero to one: Notes on startups, or how to build the future. New York, NY: Crown Business.  

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