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I've been wrongfully accused of plagiarism. What can strengthen my case?

These are serious accusations, and if one is considering a career in academia a finding of plagiarism may look bad for some time in your career. I am not familiar with the details in a university ...
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I've been wrongfully accused of plagiarism. What can strengthen my case?

Seems cut and dried. You explain that the teaching assistant taught everyone an optimal way to do it, and so yours will line up with your classmates. You have photos of the whiteboard, and the ...
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I've been wrongfully accused of plagiarism. What can strengthen my case?

If you (or the university officials looking into the case) could secure a statement from the TA confirming your account of what happened, that will surely strengthen your case. That being said, I find ...
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I've been wrongfully accused of plagiarism. What can strengthen my case?

We can’t read folks minds or predict the future, but if everything you say is true, this seems like a case where your defense would be accepted. This is just my opinion as a faculty member. I have ...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

Some similarity checkers are moderately good at finding text that is similar between two documents. If a reputable checker says two sentences are the same, it is almost certain that they actually are. ...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

No, plagiarism detectors are not accurate. They produce lots of false positives. All they can do is identify candidates for closer inspection and the bar is usually pretty low on what it takes to ...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

Jochen Glueck's answer provides a good description of the general problem with "plagiarism checkers." Looking at this particular one, clearly its statistical analysis (or whatever it's doing)...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

The questions in the title and in the body of the question are different; I'll answer the question in the title, which I cite here in case of a later edit: Online checker for plagiarism: How accurate ...
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I have been accused of plagiarism for similarities between my presentation and a website that I used as a source and cited. What should I do?

Plagiarism checking software should have rules for entering text that should be excused. For example, my university used Turnitin for plagiarism checks. Our professors told us that if we were citing ...
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Is it okay to reuse the text of a sentence from a paper that summarises the findings of a primary reference?

It's like saying that just because some person said "This store makes tables", I can't use these words and instead I have to say "Tables are made by this store", which is totally ...
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Is it okay to reuse the text of a sentence from a paper that summarises the findings of a primary reference?

The fact that you are able to write "x paper says 'y et al. [1] have found so and so in the water of India'" strongly suggests that x paper has been helpful to you in identifying the ...
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I have been accused of plagiarism for similarities between my presentation and a website that I used as a source and cited. What should I do?

I agree that this seems at most to be a borderline case on its face, and 10% is not an unusual percentage similarity for non-plagiarized work. However, there are some things counting against you: ...
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I have been accused of plagiarism for similarities between my presentation and a website that I used as a source and cited. What should I do?

In examining the image, my judgement would be that you have not plagiarized anything. You include only short phrases that were marked, but those phrases are also just about the only way to express the ...
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How to avoid self-plagiarism when copying boiler plate sections in a math paper?

A statement, early in the new paper, that notations and definitions are taken from ... (citation) should be enough. If you are depending on several prior papers then you may need to replicate such a ...
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Is it okay to reuse the text of a sentence from a paper that summarises the findings of a primary reference?

If this is a piece of assessed work, then leaving aside the copyright/plagiarism issues (well covered by @Buffy), it is worth bearing in mind that assessments are set to give you an opportunity to ...
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Is it okay to reuse the text of a sentence from a paper that summarises the findings of a primary reference?

Generally there are two things to consider and they are not the same: copyright and plagiarism. Plagiarism is attributing the ideas of others to yourself. Your reuse of "a few words" doesn'...
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Is it okay to reuse the text of a sentence from a paper that summarises the findings of a primary reference?

No, paper x does not own the words. You could obviously write a very similar, if not identical, sentence like it is written in paper x after reading paper y. And as long as you really, really do not ...
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Is it okay to reuse the text of a sentence from a paper that summarises the findings of a primary reference?

If x paper says "y et al. [1] have found so and so...," then you need to read and cite the original y paper, not the citing x paper.
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My professor send me an email that said I plagiarized and cheat

Am I doing the wrong thing? Assuming your characterisation is honest and complete, it would seem that the university is overreacting. If you have studied by reading books and papers, and then in a ...
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My professor send me an email that said I plagiarized and cheat

In case you grow up in a place like mine, where memorialisation is stressed too much, it is absolutely necessary to know the standards and ethics by studying and realising on our own. Especially when ...
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