Examples of Mosaic Plagiarism

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Student Writer B: Source:

Only two years later, all these friendly Sioux were suddenly plunged into new conditions, including starvationmartial law on all their reservations, and constant urging by their friends and relations to join in warfare against the treacherous government that had kept faith with neither friend nor foe.

"Contrast the condition into which all these friendly Indians are suddenly plunged now, with their condition only two years previous: martial law now in force on all their reservations; themselves in danger of starvation, and constantly exposed to the influence of emissaries from their friends and relations, urging them to join in fighting this treacherous government that had kept faith with nobody--neither with friend nor with foe."

Example One: Writer B has borrowed with slight variations an uncited phrase from his/her source. As it's written, the passage would not constitute a paraphrase (even if Writer B had acknowledged his/her source) because it contains keywords from the original source that do not appear in quotation marks.