Copying from SLA journals

A Korean student recently emailed me after receiving a very poor grade on a homework assignment. The grade was due to answers being copied out of journals. The student asked: is reading journals and paraphrasing the ideas a good way to answer homework questions?

When you quote a journal you have to use “quotation marks” and then explain the quote in your own words. To be honest, I didn’t see many paraphrases or explantions in your homework. I saw mostly quotes.

As you know, in a graduate level program quotes are not enough. You need to contribute your own ideas. So my best advice is to share your ideas whan writing about a subject.

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