A question for the masses: When did you first encounter MLA in your English classes? When did you learn that claiming someone else’s writing as your own is plagiarism?
I learned MLA in eighth grade and used it throughout high school. Can’t remember when I learned that copying someone else’s words is called plagiarism, but I can recall The Fear that was put in me if ever I did plagiarize. Definitely practiced citing my sources throughout high school.
And now I find myself teaching community college writing, and I have students claiming they didn’t know that using someone else’s words and calling them their own is wrong. And I just can’t believe them! It’s like not learning that 2 + 2 = 4, right? How do you not know that!?
Any insight you can provide would be much appreciated!