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Re: Technical Writing [7:50077] posted 07/31/2002
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But know this...in college I was accused of plagerism only because I did
what you are describing.  Keep in mind that even if you use someone elses
idea (and I am not talking about re-wording) you still are required to site
it, else it is still plagerism.  BUT of note, the teacher sucked and was out
to get me.  When you talk about 1's and 0's in College Writting teachers
become confused and assume that you must have ripped off someone elses work!

""Priscilla Oppenheimer""  wrote in message
news:200207302152.VAA01728@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Howard C. Berkowitz wrote:
> >
> > Sometimes I will copy a relevant article, putting it into
> > colored
>
> That's kind of the dirty little secret of tech writers, i.e. that we
> sometimes start with someone else's work. ;-) Putting it in colored text
is
> an excellent idea, though, because it reminds you to fix it. Borrowing
> somebody else's work and not putting it in your own words is plagiarism. I
> get truly disgusted when I see entire paragraphs from CCO in a document
with
> someone else's name on it. (This has never happened with Howard's work;
I'm
> just making the comment.)
>
> > text, and rewrite it until it's totally in my words and
> > properly
> > linked into the rest of my flow.
>
> Rewriting is very important, not just to avoid plagiarism. A lot of Cisco
> material is as dry as unsalted wheat thins. Also, the writers don't do
what
> Howard mentioned about getting to the core Zen real meaning. Instead, they
> makes lots of assumptions about the reader's understanding and focus on
the
> "what" and "how," rather than the "why." I am actually unable to read some
> Cisco Press books because of this. Bullets that describe products or
product
> features, for example, don't help me learn . I have to know why they
matter
> and why you would use them. Howard is very good at explaining the whys.
>
> OK, that's all for now. ;-)
>
> Priscilla
>
> > I do this not infrequently
> > with
> > CertZone papers, where I take a section out of CCO and...trying
> > to be
> > polite...rewrite it into intelligible and flowing English.




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