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Research quest: Influential people in their historical context

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  1. Your task for week 1: Your draft
    Who should you choose?
  2. How to write your draft
  3. Your task for week 2 and 3: Asking the right questions
    Asking questions about history
  4. Research in categories
  5. Your task for week 4: Paraphrasing and restating a message
    How to paraphrase
  6. How to paraphrase - your research
  7. Your task for week 5: Plagiarism and Quoting
    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
  8. An explanation on plagiarism
  9. How to quote
  10. How to quote - your research
This picture is derived from Greek mythology: the blind giant Orion carried his servant Cedalion on his shoulders to act as the giant’s eyes. Unknown author – [Encyclopedic manuscript containing allegorical and medical drawings], Library of Congress, Rosenwald 4, Bl. 5r.

“We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by any virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.”

Bernard de Chartres

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Isaac Newton

What is meant by “standing on the shoulders of giants”, as displayed in the picture as well as the two citations? And how might it be connected to the topic “plagiarism”? Think on your own before moving on to the next step!

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B1 Level (GER: Form 10)