I was recently accused of plagiarism. I didn't plagiarize. What should I do? The teacher that accused me is very hard to deal with, and there is no way I can convince her that I didn't plagiarize. (I think.) Should I speak with administrators? What should I say?

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I'm glad I could help!  The quotes are fine.  No more than 25% of your paper should be quotes, and I only look at my students' papers that come back from the plagiarism site if they come up as over 15%.  You should be fine!  Let me know what happens!

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Plagiarism is a serious accusation, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  I would suggest you upload your writing to a free plagiarism checker like the one at grammerly.com.  You can print...

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I couldn't use Grammarly's plagiarism checker without upgrading to premium, so I used the one at www.smallseotools.com

It says that my paper is 89% unique, but every line that it flags as plagiarized is a direct quote from the book, which I have properly cited using MLA format. The teacher is OK with this and actually encourages us to use in-text quotations as long as they are properly cited. 

Tomorrow, I will show her these results and ask her to show me where in my paper I plagiarized. Hopefully, she will understand and if not I will bring the same evidence to the school's director. 

Thanks for your help. I would have had no idea what to do without your response.

vnessawong21 | Student

I am sorry to hear that you are in such an unfortunate circumstance. There are several steps you can take to resolve this issue. 

First, it is imperative that you ask her to show you which part of your writing was plagiarized and from where.After asking her this there can only be two outcomes. Either she shows you how you plagiarized or she is unable to show you anything. 

If she shows you a website and it appears you have copied it word for word then you are truly very unfortunate and it will be hard to convince anyone you did not plagiarize.

However if she cannot show you any evidence of your plagiarizing you should definitely talk about this with an administrator. 

Your teacher is accusing you of something, if there is no proof then her accusations will not go forward. 

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