Plagiarism & Citation Worksheet for EAP (APA & MLA Style)

English Level: EAP / Undergraduate studies

Language Focus: APA & MLA In-text Citations & Paraphrasing

Worksheet Download: plagiarism-citation-worksheet-APA-MLA.docx (preview below)


Students in university or English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs need to learn how to avoid plagiarism by citing sources correctly. The below worksheet can be used to test their knowledge of attribution and what is or isn’t plagiarism.

The worksheet has two sides – one for APA and one for MLA format. Print the side appropriate for your class. Answers found below (though ultimately it is at the teacher’s discretion to set the standard). The worksheet download link is above.

Citation Worksheet Preview (APA format)

Plagiarism & In-text Citation Worksheet (APA Format)

 Sentence from source:

“In 2010, nuclear energy was used to generate commercial electricity in 31 countries.” – Barry W. Brook, 2015

Part 1: Paraphrase the above idea below. Include an APA in-text citation.

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Part 2: Read the below attempts. Decide if they are plagiarism or not. Afterwards, compare your answers with a partner.

a) In 2010, nuclear energy was used to generate commercial electricity in 31 countries. (Brook, 2015).

b) Brook (2015) reports that nuclear energy was used to generate commercial electricity in 31 countries in 2010.

c) According to Brook (2015), 31 nations around the world utilized nuclear energy for commercial electricity production in 2010.

d) Nuclear energy is the best source of power worldwide (Brook, 2015).

e) Researchers state that nuclear energy is a source of commercial electricity in 31 countries worldwide.

f) According to Barry, nuclear energy is a source of commercial electricity in 31 countries worldwide.

g) In 2010, nuclear energy was utilized to generate commercial electricity in thirty-one countries (Brook, 2015).

h) Thirty-one countries met their commercial electricity demands with nuclear energy in 2010 (Brook, 2015).

i) Nuclear energy was used to generate commercial electricity in 31 countries in 2010.

In-Text Citation Worksheet Answers

a) plagiarism — the text has not been paraphrased.

b) plagiarism — the text has not bee paraphrased other than moving “in 2010” to the end

c) acceptable

d) plagiarism — the information has changed and is being incorrectly attributed to Brook

e) plagiarism — no citation

f) plagiarism — Last name and year are needed to fulfill the APA in-text citation requirements. These are absent.

g) patchwriting (a weak form of plagiarism) — here the student has changed “used>utilized” and “31>thirty-one.” This is insufficient paraphrasing.

h) acceptable

i) plagiarism — no citation


I hope you find this worksheet useful for your EAP classes.

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