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Academic Honesty

Below is some text from the book What Is a Dog?

The reason the earth can support a population of 850 million "village dogs" is because human beings have — inadvertently — provided them with a niche. This niche is an environment in which dogs have survived for centuries. If humans were to disappear, the village dog niche would disappear, and dogs would go extinct. Dogs could not take up residence in the wild because that niche is already taken — by wolves, coyotes, and jackals.

Below is the text from What Is a Dog? as it appears in a student's essay

The reason a populace of 850 million village dogs can be supported on earth is because humans unintentionally created a niche for them. Dogs have survived in this niche for centuries. If humans became extinct, the village dog's niche would vanish, and dogs would become extinct. Dogs could not survive in the wild because coyotes, jackals, and wolves already occupy that niche (Coppinger and Coppinger 43).

The source has been cited. Why is this plagiarism?

The paraphrased text is too similar to the original text.

  • The paraphrase has the same number of sentences in the same order as the original
  • The words and structure of the sentences have been altered slightly, but are still too similar to the original sentences.