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Articles for Discussion

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Articles for Discussing Plagiarism

 

Here is a list of articles that are useful in discussing the many sides and dimensions of plagiarism.  This is a more expanded list of articles than provided on the Teaching about Plagiarism page.

 

 

Focus on Who Owns Ideas

This feature article from The New Yorker by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of a playwrite who used a person's real life story without asking permission or even acknowledging the person as the basis of a play.  The article exams the question of who owns ideas in the arts.

 

 This feature article from Harper’s Magazine explores instances and issues of influence in the arts.

 

Focus on Accidental Plagiarism

A short piece written by presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, who addresses how she came to accidentally plagiarize and the steps she is now taking to make sure that doesn't happen again.

 

Focus on Honor 

A short editorial on that questions the whether plagiarism detection software, though successful in catching plagiarists, is missing the point. Boyton believes that the real issue is not how to catch plagiarists,  but adhering to the honor code established by institutes of higher learning.

 

Focus on Responsibility

  • Baty, Phil.  (May 28, 2004)  Plagiarist Student Set to Sue University. Times Higher

    Education Supplement. [Available through Lexis Nexis]

This short news piece presents the case of a college student who had plagiarized on papers throughout his college career but only got caught his last year.  The university decided not to grant the student a degree.  The student decided to sue the university charging that it was the university's responsible to better educate him on plagiarism. 

       

Focus on Cheating

The author of the book Cheating Culture talks to college students about how cheating has seeped into busines, sports, and academics.  Callahan identifies three forces driving the prevalence of today's proclivity for cheating: importance placed on money and winner, the national sense of fear and insecurity, and the ineffectiveness of organizations and agencies meant to stop such behavior.  He concludes by stating that academic integrity is worth fighting for and challenges students to follow the words of Gandhi and "Be the change you want to see in the world." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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